How often should I be feeding my Emorii rat crossed with Corrnsnake two week olds? And what? They seem insatiable but I have not yet seen a shed past the postnatal shed. We've got them tamed down nice. Of course they all look like 'common' Emorii rats as Sonny the Corn carried no genes for rat. But I'd swear some of them have his vague salmon cast anyway. I was feeding one day old f/t pinks of course, moved up to three, no difference, they'll eat one every three days and my guess is that that's powerfeeding. I've never raised a clutch before. Of course, one escaped. It cuts my visitors down by some. GOOD.

I'm oversnaked, but where's that female one or two year old EATING ball python I want? HER, I have room for!
C'mon, most of you are experienced with babies. Give with the advice.
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Barbara
How often should I be feeding my Emorii rat crossed with Corrnsnake two week olds? And what?

I fed my 4-wk-old cornsnakes 1 average-sized pinkie every 5 days. And even right after eating, they still looked hungry (perky face), but I did not feed them more. I was worried about them getting too full and regurgitating. That schedule worked well for me.
griffin
How often should I be feeding my Emorii rat crossed with Corrnsnake two week olds? And what?

I fed my 4-wk-old cornsnakes 1 average-sized pinkie every 5 days. And even right after eating, they still looked hungry (perky face), but I did not feed them more. I was worried about them getting too full and regurgitating. That schedule worked well for me.

All the babies at the zoo got live pinks (slowly switched to fresh killed once they were eating well and regularly) one a week. They did ok on this, but grew very slowly. Good for us, because we didn't have room for most of the babies. I'm not too sure how good it was for them, but I've raised about a hundred babies with that method, and at 2+ years they all appear healthy (well, did - before the reptile house was shut down and the critters shipped out). If I had been able to do things differently I might have increased feedings to one every 5 days as griffin said.

And 2 weeks old is too young to be looking for a second shed, IME.

Sounds like you're doing a fine job though Barbara. Are you enjoying it?

-M
Meredith, six unexpected babies and cramped for space, all I can say is, "Is it fun yet?"
But yes, they've been pleasant to have. I just am a very (generally) preplanned person and I'm getting to like the buggers, "my spawn", and so keeping them will be a strategic disaster and giving them away to a petshop will be a heartbreak.
I AM doing a good job, for someone who did everything spontaneously and ad lib and 'all wrong' by 'the rules'.
Thanks for asking!
I was feeding one day old f/t pinks of course, moved up to three, no difference, they'll eat one every three days and >my guess is that that's powerfeeding.

When Jool was little and eating pinkies I fed her every 3 days. The shop said that was the schedule she was on. She usually fed eagerly each time. When it got to the point where she was still hungry after one pink, I moved her up to two, and then three.
After that she was moved up to a fuzzy every five days. Now she's on a furry every five days.
Once she gets large enough to take adult mice, she'll be on a weekly schedule
Thanks, Grainne.
How old's Jool now? I've been following her progress best I can.
Thanks, Grainne. How old's Jool now? I've been following her progress best I can.

She was about two months old when I bought her in December '03, so that would make her about 15 months old now, thought I can't be exactly sure. She was about 11in long and thinner than my little (pinky) finger, she's now about 28in long (may not be accurate b/c of squirming when i was measuring her) and around 100g
She had a respiratory infection about a month ago, her nostrils were blocked and she made a clicking noise when she breathed. I brought her to a vet named Bairbre O' Malley (one of only two herp vets that I know of in Ireland) and she stayed in for five nights. It took about 3 hours each way to get to Bairbre's practise and Jool cost me 160 euros in vet fees. She escaped from her tank whilst she was there.
She's fine now and when I last checked her she was nosing an f/t mouse (checks on Jool) which she's now ignoring and is back in her hide. She'll probably have it gone by morning though