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6 month old Diamond Python - how much to feed?
I bought my first snake on the weekend, a 6 month old Diamond Python. AWESOME animal, very timid and gave her first feed yesterday morning of a pinky mouse. She's about 40cm long.
My boss has a diamond python as well and I showed him a photo of mine feeding and he told me the pinky was way too small. I'll be feeding her once a week on Sundays.
I want her to grow slowly and not get huge in a short period of time as I heard you can control their growth by rationing their meals, but I don't want to underfeed my snake.
ADVICE PLEASE!! Thanks
Photos of Karona (her name) feeding:
I'd be offering her hopper mice or rat fuzzies once a week, you want something with a bit of fur to help with digestion.
She'll be able to handle the size fine? My boss said they can easily smash 2-3 times their body diameter
Yeah I would say Hopper Mice
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- 02-Jul-12, 02:38 PM #7
i second the hopper mouse suggestion1 Diamond Python (Heidi), 1 Darwin Carpet Python (Blaze), 3 Children's Pythons (Charlie, Eleanor & Boo Radley), 3 Black Soil Dragons (Icarus, Calypso & Rocket), 2 Central Netted Dragons (Triton & Sally), and 1 Corgidor (Bonnie).
So ahh I skipped past the hopper mice suggestion and decided to go for something a little bigger... a fuzzy rat. Too big? So I thought...
I was told to feed her weekly being a 7 month old python.. but will she still need weekly feedings with meals this size? She LOVED it. Bit of an up-size from the pinky mice...
- 16-Jul-12, 09:06 AM #10Rodent Farm Sponsor
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It's definitely a Diamond Python.. I got it from Shire Snakes who is a reputable breeder and member on this site (Home Page). I googled Diamond Python hatchlings and they all look the same as mine does?
- 16-Jul-12, 09:30 AM #12
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