Okay, my ball python is probably ready for small rats but my wife is flipping out about it - she hates rats, even f/t (I'll have her convinced soon) - what's the real benefit of rats over mice though so I can tell her?
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Okay, my ball python is probably ready for small rats but my wife is flipping out about it - she hates rats, even f/t (I'll have her convinced soon) - what's the real benefit of rats over mice though so I can tell her?

I believe rats have more digestible meat to them, and are healthier for larger snakes-not to mention cheaper on your feeding bill.

I'd tell her to get over it, or just not watch you feed your Ball Python.

-cat
They taste nicer ;o)
LOL - soz!!
Not sure I've ever heard of any real benefits apart from the size of rats is bigger than mice - therefore its a better sized meal for bigger snakes. I'm not sure if there is a great nutritional difference - snakes afterall do eat everything including the bones but perhaps rats have more muscle tone and therefore more protein..? (I'm kinda beginning to guess now!)

One advantage of the size is that to feed lots of small meals isn't so good for the snake as I believe it can give them digestion problems and 'block' them up a bit - whereas a single larger meal doesn't have this problem.

My other half isn't too keen either but she just stays away when its feeding time at the zoo so its not really a problem.
Jon Emotion: smile
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One advantage of the size is that to feed lots of small meals isn't sogood for the snake as I believe it can give them digestion problems and 'block' them up a bit - whereas a single larger meal doesn't have this problem.

Hu? I'd say it's the opposite. Bigger meal = bigger block. More small items instead of one big simply result in more small poos instead of one big.

Anna
Okay, lets say that I fed her two or three mice at one time instead of one rat, which would presumably result in one big poo (to use Anna's word ;-)
would that be bad?
My wife's problem is that she doesn't want rats in the house and she doesn't want frozen any rodent in her freezer. I can see her point. If I feel stronly about it, she'll do it, but I wanted to find out the why and share it with her.
Okay, lets say that I fed her two or three mice at one time instead of one rat, which would ... feel stronly about it, she'll do it, but I wanted to find out the why and share it with her.

Rats have more meat on them than mice.
They don't smell bad like mice do.
It would take at least 6 mice to equal one large rat as far as meal size. I had a friend who used to feed his boa a "six pack" when he couldn't get rats. One rat is much easier.
It is much nicer to order frozen rats and/or mice and keep them in your freezer than to buy LIVE ones and have to KILL them and risk them escaping. Also MUCH, MUCH cheaper to buy frozen. (Not from the pet store, but direct from the supplier.) You can double bag them in colored bags, well-marked, so your wife never has to look at them.
Rodents in the freezer never bothered me. Once the husband and kids got used to it, it became rather a conversation piece among our friends, who all think I'm really weird.
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Cindy
Hi Anna,
What I was kinda indicating was that if you feed small meals often then this can lead to problems with digestion and in some snakes I understand that this can make them constipated if not worse to the extent that nothing gets through and a real block is created - meaning a visit to the vet etc etc..Feeding a large meal might lead to bigger poo's and things but my understanding was that is better for snake..
Hi J,
I can't see why small meals should cause constipation. It doesn't make any sense.
Anna
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Try gerbils. They're 3 times bigger than mice, and if you breed them, they hardly don't smell compared to mice and rats. They are also cute to watch.

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