My Burm shed the night before last and now appears to be hungry! I've got someone bringing me some jumbo rats later today but I was just wondering how many I should feed her (and the boa too). She's 7 ft long and slightly thicker than my upper arm and the boa is just a bit smaller.

I was thinking maybe 2 each but not ever having snakes as big as these before I'm not entirely sure. I know it might seem like a dumb question but I don't want to over/under feed them. Any advice would be most appreciated )
Chloe
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My Burm shed the night before last and now appears to be hungry! I've got someone bringing me some jumbo ... like a dumb question but I don't want to over/under feed them. Any advice would be most appreciated Emotion: smile Chloe

One each once a week until you've established their eating habits. I think multiple jumbo rats on a regular basis amounts to powerfeeding, which could hypothetically shorten the snake's life span.
That said, I offer some portion of my snakes a second prey item a couple of times per month (on the weekly feeding schedule).
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
My Burm shed the night before last and now appears ... feed them. Any advice would be most appreciated Emotion: smile Chloe

One each once a week until you've established their eating habits. I think multiple jumbo rats on a regular basis ... some portion of my snakes a second prey item a couple of times per month (on the weekly feeding schedule).

Thanks for that Emotion: smile
The reason I was considering 2 was that I was only going to feed them once every 2 or 3 weeks, but do you think it's better to eat less and more often? I suppose it would be easier on their digestive system that way, particularly as I don't know what sort of feeding schedule they had before. Looks like I've answered my own question there

Now I just need to find something big enough to put them in to eat now! I'm sure I've got a large sweaterbox type thing somewhere around.
Chloe
I'm told 'small' meals are more digestible than large ones and more nutrients derived, and so three rats one per week I think is better for the snake than three rats at one time and wait three weeks.

But I have no snakes that would eat a rat, so this is coming from Miss Theory. Or Misstheory, as is more often the case.

I'm trying to brumate babies who aren't eating. Called everyone in sight for advice, have taken the plunge. Wish me luck. No, wish THEM luck.
Birthday tomorrow. Whee, Alberta Clipper on the way.

Barbara
Just my opinion, but I really don't feel that 2 jumbo rats a week would be power feeding for a snake of this size. Especially for the Burm. It has, and will be, doing some rapid growing for awhile, and can use quite a bit more of a food supply that a snake that has already attained most of it's size. But then, you may not want rapid growth or maximum size potential. My Boa is about 7 feet. She gets 2 jumbos a week, or 3 large, depending on jumbo availability. When I had my larger snakes several years ago, I got them started on rabbits ASAP. Supplying rats for a 15 foot Burm or Retic can get rather expensive unless you have a huge rat colony!
Unlike most, I feed my snakes in their enclosures. I pre-kill the rats, and my Boa just waits patiently as I lay them in the other end of her tank. Then she slowly goes & investigates. I use newspaper as substrate for most of my snakes, other than the Sand Boa.
Roger
Just my opinion, but I really don't feel that 2 jumbo rats a week would be power feeding for a snake of this size.

Another consideration is that the snakes haven't been fed in a while. Logically you'd want to bring them back onto food gradually to prevent undue organ stress.
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
Ahh..I didn't know the snake's history. I agree on bringing them back up slowly.
I was speaking of healthy, well acclimated snakes. May be good to start this one on just one large rat a week for a while. Then move up to two, then jumbos, then rabbits, goats, stray neighborhood kids, etc..lol.
Roger
Ahh..I didn't know the snake's history. I agree on bringing them back up slowly. I was speaking of healthy, well ... a week for a while. Then move up to two, then jumbos, then rabbits, goats, stray neighborhood kids, etc..lol. Roger

My boa is a bottomless pit. I don't know how many she WOULD eat and still beg for more. I give her two at a time. I had medium-sized rats last time and she ate four.
Cindy
I know what you mean, Cindy! Mine is the same way. She gets 2 jumbos a week, and on occasion I'll add a third that's a bit smaller. I guess she's like me..loves to eat! LOL!
Roger
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