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Old September 17, 2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Snake Chow. tree rat w/pics... *Snake eating it...

Well the tree rats have calmed down into their pre-fall feeding so they been pretty active.
Let "Eva Braun" go a couple weeks to take some stress off the squirrels...
well here is what I got and where he went...

And here is Eva and her weeks supper...

It was about 30 yards... I was given a box of old Blazer round nose and I love the reduced damage compared to my federal HP bulk ammo.
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Old September 17, 2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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Oh that is soooo much better than buying it at petco!!
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Old September 17, 2009, 07:45 PM   #3
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why have i never thought of that. but wonder if there is a paracite issue?
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Old September 17, 2009, 07:53 PM   #4
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Junior has had snakes since he was 12 and he is now 19... Wild game has fed them when ever possible. He did help out a shop owner for rats and rabbits but heavily leaned to wild tree rats and cottontails. You risk other issues with captive mammals I would worry with more.

Our local shop that opened a couple years ago they sell rats for $9.50
This snake has had noting but squirrels for 3-4 years.

Junior lost one 8 footer to a mouth disease (HECK IF I KNOW WHAT ONE) but he got it that way and tried to doctor/husbandry it through it but it perished. That snake had been fed store bought food for it's entire 8 foot long life.
BTW, lead is also a non-issue from what junior learned in research and I figure they are already stupid critters so that side affect won't matter
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Old September 17, 2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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hogdogs, I hope that you have final plans for that snake. Boots?

I'm sure that you have heard about what is going on down here. They just got one that was 19 ft. and 400#s! Those suckers worry me much more than panther's, gator's, rattler's and moccasin's combined.
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Old September 17, 2009, 08:40 PM   #6
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She is an exempt breed... Those are various ones with "python" in the name. She is a red tail Boa and they are not the same threat. Her overall length will never threaten a human either. IIRC!!! I am just trying to get her up to where she can swallow a rabbit. Junior has had her since she was 12 inches long and no fatter than a sharpie marker.
Often times, if junior is not around, I feed her 2 squirrels per week.
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Old September 18, 2009, 07:46 AM   #7
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re:hogdogs

What about the lead? Any toxic issues?
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Old September 18, 2009, 09:39 AM   #8
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I raised a male red tail boa to 10feet. He could eat a full grown large rabitt. He would not eat dead meat. He always had to make the kill. When my daughter was born I gave it to the same breeder I got him from. From what I hear he is till fathering snakes and is over 12 foot now.

Thats a great way to feed them if they take dead food.
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Old September 18, 2009, 09:52 AM   #9
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The led in what Roy? He used a .22 on a squirrel, are you thinking the maybe it didn't pass through???
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Old September 18, 2009, 11:45 AM   #10
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Kool is correct about the .22 but we use shotguns as well...
For the most part, we have found no data suggesting a risk from lead. Like I said previously, the biggest side affect to lead is learning issues and snakes are as dumb as a rock anyway...
Eva was a kill eater too until we moved here. His other snakes would eat dead or alive so they were the ones we shot food for when it was seen. He sold off all but Eva when we were leaving daytona as he was pretty sure he wouldn't have herp shops at his disposal. We got up here and seen the population of cottontails and kicked himself in the butt...
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