Is it possible for a full grown male ball python to eat baby rabbit. Like if I was to say raise the adults for food would I be able to give some of the newborns to a snake?
I don’t really know what size newborn rabbits are but I do know that they will not be very nutritional. Stick with appropriately sized adult rats.
what do you think of rat racks for keeping and breeding feeders?
Mostly just expensive trash in regards to rats. They need a lot of head space and ventilation.
Will you do a tutorial/intro to raising feeder rats?
Not any time soon but maybe at some point in the future.
at what number of snakes does it become cheaper to start breeding your own mice/rats? assuming approximately one mouse per snake per week.
I don’t know if there’s really an exact number. I think it’s mostly a matter of when the costs of feeding and caring (mostly feeding though) for rats outweighs the costs of just buying them when you need them.
For example, when I was buying my live feeders it cost me about $50-70 to buy a group of ten once every two months but breeding my own, I can raise ten similarly sized rats and it costs me about $35 every three or four months to feed them so in this instance, the costs are very much in favour for me breeding my own feeders.
You will also need a lot of feeders to keep the cycle going smoothly and I’ve heard estimates from anywhere to five feeder rats per snake (that isn’t including breeders) to at least one breeding female per snake, that’s only with rats though as I’m not sure about mice. If you have five snakes you need to feed that could be about twenty-five rats at any given time and that is, once again, not including any animals that you keep as breeding stock.
My ultimate verdict would be to not breed your own feeders unless you absolutely have to or actually enjoy rats because you will be sacrificing a lot of your time and space to care for feeders. Rats/mice are very high maintenance in comparison to BPs, very loud and obnoxious (especially if they have to share a room with you), and they just stink which unless you have a poor sense of smell like me, will probably negatively impact things as well.
If you’re still interested in breeding your own feeders, I would suggest doing research on raising feeder colonies as well as researching care for pet rats/mice and try to create a good medium between high productivity and general comfort for the feeders. Like I’ve said before, just because they are food does not mean they should be subjected to conditions that would be any less ideal for a pet.
$75 dollars is expensive to him? Normal Ball Pythons are $95 bucks at Petsmart here. I wanted to start a riot in that store. 75 is damn good to me.
Holy fuck, I hope you’re joking here.
That’s like three times the retail value of normals sold by breeders.