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LukeCampbell (Email Removed) blurted:
Anthony Talltree has lost his entire collection, barring two snakes ... royal python who managed to survive the deadly heat. Emotion: sad

That is so sad. He had some of the most beautiful gopher snakes, too.

I went down to their farm tonight and volunteered for a few hours. Heard the whole story in detail, too much detail. Such a tragedy. In lighter news, in return for much cleaning of rat cages they pawned off several hundred frozen mice on me. Had to defrost the top of our wedding cake to make room for all the rodents! Sheesh!
Woohoo carrot cake and coffee for breakfast Emotion: smile
I'll pass on the blurb they're writing on HOW TO PREVENT TRAGEDY IN YOUR HERP ROOM for the newsletter.
fr0glet
That is so sad. He had some of the most beautiful gopher snakes, too.

I went down to their farm tonight and volunteered for a few hours. Heard the whole story in detail, too ... mice on me. Had to defrost the top of our wedding cake to make room for all the rodents! Sheesh!

That's real bad news about those snakes ... what a waste Emotion: surprise\

As an aside, just how long do rodents last kept in the freezer?

At the moment I'm quite fortunate that the local pet shop stocks frozen rodents (pity they don't do insects too!) and only buy a dozen at a time. If I was to order them online I need to buy around a 100 to make sure they stay frozen during delivery but only having one (soon to be 2) snakes it would take me forever to use these up. Would they deteriorate in the freezer over such a long period of time?
Woohoo carrot cake and coffee for breakfast Emotion: smile

MM yummy ... hold the coffee I'm on the next flight
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
Mistress of Dragons (Email Removed) blurted:
As an aside, just how long do rodents last kept in the freezer?

I'm not really sure... some of the naked mice I get seem to get freezer burn a bit, but it doesn't adversely affect the snake crap so it can't be all bad.
I've had some pinkies in my freezer for about a year now. I still defrost a few every month for my lizards. No problems so far!
Woohoo carrot cake and coffee for breakfast Emotion: smile

MM yummy ... hold the coffee I'm on the next flight

Don't worry lady, not a morning goes by in this house that fresh ground french roast coffee isn't brewed as soon as the first person gets up! Emotion: smile Now hurry up and get here!
fr0glet
Generally meat must be finished betweensix month of freezing. I still have some pinkies in the freezer since february, but in lack of availability I feed them to my hatchlings right now. Tthey are a bit ruined, have white spots (burns?) and probably also degenerated taste, but as long as they are eaten, I continue.
Anna
My seller of frozen rodents, which is RodentPro now, says the average freezer lifespan of f/t mice and rats is 3-4 months, properly packed as they arrive, and less for pinkies, be they rats or mice, as they have no hair. I'm quoting Kevin, I don't know.
I also live in Alabama and last winter all I had for heat was a fireplace. All the reptile cages and tanks have uth's and day and night lights for heat and all mine survived with no ill effects. Even on the coldest night when it dropped down to 8 F my power went off and I put my little tegu in the bed with me so my body heat would keep him warm and the other reptiles made it through the night also, even my nile monitor who stayed in his water bowl all night.

Bill,
Madness takes it's toll Please have exact change.
In lighter news, in return for much cleaning of rat cages they pawned off several hundred frozen mice on me. Had to defrost the top of our wedding cake to make room for all the rodents! Sheesh!

MM, mousesicles with frosting!
Woohoo carrot cake and coffee for breakfast Emotion: smile

The breakfast of champions.
I'll pass on the blurb they're writing on HOW TO PREVENT TRAGEDY IN YOUR HERP ROOM for the newsletter.

Good idea, although I still get the newsletter. Or at least Kirstin still gets the newsletter (it sucks being separated from your spouse by an entire continent) and she usually sends it to me after a while. All the other people here might be interested though.
Give the Talltrees my condolences, and best wishes for their future plans.

Luke
and the other reptiles made it through the night also, even my nile monitor who stayed in his water bowl all night.

Not suprizing. Nile monitors are bulletproof. Being invulnerable to all harm is part of their superpowers that enable them to fulfill their mission of making their owners broke and miserable.

Luke
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