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mouse bigger than snake

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by J.huff23, Nov 15, 2008.

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    I ecided to move my 4 foot sorn snake up to adult mice. I got an adult mouse (frozen/thawed) and put it in the feeding container. The mouse is way to big for the snake. But the snake keeps trying to eat it.

    What is the danger of my snake eating the mouse thats too big for it?
     
  2. clam1991

    clam1991 Arachnoangel

    it'll find a way to eat it no doubt;)
     
  3. Oh no doubt. I just dont want my snake to get hurt as a result of eating it.
     
  4. [​IMG]

    This is what happens.


    But seriously, how much bigger is the mouse in proportion to the snakes head? Usually, if it can fit it through the mouth it'll be fine.


    ...under most circumstances. xD
     
  5. clam1991

    clam1991 Arachnoangel

    i dont think any thing bad could come of it
    im sure it wont eat for a while but it'll be alright IMO
     
  6. venomous.com

    venomous.com Arachnoknight

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    Try to stick with stuff that 1.5 times the thickest part of the snake. Just because it can do it if has to doesn't make it a good idea. Better 2 small prey items instead of one huge one.
     
  7. Oh man. I hope my snake will be Ok:( . The mouse was an adult mouse. Im going to go check on her right now.
     
  8. She downed the whole mouse. It left a bigger bump in her belly than the hoppers obviously. I read that if one prey size doesnt leave a bump then you have to move it to the next prey size. I have been feeding her 2 hoppers a week and they seemed too small.

    She seems to be moving around fine.
     
  9. Red Eyes

    Red Eyes Arachnoknight

    As long as the prey item isn't too much bigger (ie:3x thickest part of snake) and she isn't disturbed everything should be ok.
     
  10. Ok. Thanks. Next feeding im going to feed her way smaller prey than an adult mouse. But bigger than a hopper.
     
  11. JohnEDove

    JohnEDove Arachnoknight

    If your corn is 4 ft it should be able to handle an adult mouse. I feed our 50 inch female breeder on small to medium rats
    The worst that will happen is your snake will regurge if the prey is to big. That is if you are allowing the correct temps for digestion.
     
  12. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    i say as long as the mouse is dead just let him try to eat the mouse.

    the snake will NOt explode or nothing like what you see in that picture below.
    that only happened because of the snake havin a curve body and the crocodile (whatever it was) having a straight body

    as i said before if the mouse is dead let the snake try to its heart content. if the mouse is in there in the morning throw away.

    Sometimes you have to feed snakes certain size animals who see if they are ready for a bigger size. thats how i do it.

    but then again just for reference for boas (rainbow boa to be specific) can go up to one size bigger than a baby rat once it can eat 3 full grown mice...
     

  13. She ate it and seems to be doing good.
     
  14. So i can start feeding her adult mice from now on?
     
  15. venomous.com

    venomous.com Arachnoknight

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    It always depends on the snake. I have a 7 foot Spilotes pullatus that will only eat small rats when she should easily be able to eat larger. She will kill them but not eat them. I have a pair of 4 foot Spilotes that will eat anything that moves. My Elaphe mandarina are the same way. I've been keeping snakes over 20 years and I've never lost one because I gave it too small of prey items. Really, I see no reason to give the snake huge meals, just give it a couple of smaller prey items and be done.
     
  16. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    Smaller prey items mean you have to spend more money.

    one petco small rat is 4.99

    3 mice from petco (one being 2.49) that comes out to 7.49 cents. definitely not worth it.

    so you should fine a way to get it on the appropriate size food item
     
  17. venomous.com

    venomous.com Arachnoknight

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    Large rats are $4ea where I can buy mice for $1ea. The guy is talking about 2 hoppers vs 1 large mouse, should be a $1 difference at most, once a week. My B+W Tegu eats 2 large rats a week....I'd hate to see what you'd be paying for him. Sorry you pay those kind of prices man, don't buy from Petco(or whoever)! Buy frozen and have them shipped or something.
     
  18. I breed corn snakes and kings at 4ft they should be okay on adult mice
    mine are a little larger and eat small to medium rats i wouldn't worry unless it can't swallow the food i have heard too large of a food item can possibly break there jaw but i haven't had that happen how long did it take for the snake to swallow the mouse my rule is if it takes longer than 15-20 minutes go smaller next time hope this helps
     
  19. Just to be safe, I will keep her on hoppers until she sheds a few more times.
     
  20. equuskat

    equuskat Arachnoprince

    hoppers for a 4' corn? wow. that's really small meals. heh yeah, you can give her small mice for sure, and adult mice without issue in most cases.