Murray Darling Carpet Python Size

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    Hi guys,

    I finally got myself a murray darling carpet, bought her from a local pet shop.. She is aprox 40 months old, measures in around 1.2m and weighs around 450grams..

    My question being, is she undersize for her age? I have heard pet shops underfeed thier snakes to retain a smaller size.. Should i worry about being undersized?

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    That doesn't sound enough, can you post a pic?
     
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    That doesn't sound right. I have a 2 year old who is 2kg and just over 2 metres long. Did the shop give you any information as to why it was that size?
     
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    Pic quality isnt real good but that is her there. She is feeding normally, once a week on 2 mice currently, but starting on rats this weekend.

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    Attachment didn't show up, you have to add the pic into your post. My MD is 5 ft 2, and is heavy.
     
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    Check the post above /\ have added the photo
     
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    Are you sure she's only 450 grams? She looks much heavier in that photo, who weighed her?
     
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    I have a MD that is around 2 years old (as advised - I did not have her as a hatchy). She is approx 150cm long and was 940 grams at her last 'weigh in' about 2-3 weeks ago.

    I guess the main question is if yours is healthy as opposed to undersize. Being a bit smaller is not necessarily a bad thing as most captive bred snakes grow quicker than they would if in the wild due to being fed more regularly etc....Having a bit less to eat does not necessarily mean it has been starved or is undernourished IMHO.

    Personally, as long as yours is healthy, put it on a good feeeding regime (not over the top....just a good regular regime) and it should remain healthy and slowly put on condition. I don't believe in 'feeding it up' quickly unless it is underfed to the point where it's health is suffering in which case a vet assessment and guidance would be your best way forward.

    Others may share a different view though.

    EDIT: Your pic did not work when I first tried it but now I can see it - that snake defintely looks chunkier than my girl, and my girl weighs 940 grams. I would re-weigh with a view to ensuring the scales are accurate. That snake does not look to underfed to me although it is not a great photo. It is a lovely snake by the way....I love our MD - The most amazing temperament for a family snake.
     
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    I will re-check as i weighed her on some fairly accurate kitchen scales... But maybe they are out, i could be wrong. Will double check that at home
     
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    my MD is 14 months old and just under 3 feet I havent weighed him though, he is feeding on large fuzzy rats, yours should be on much larger food than adult mice one a week
     
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    Supply of rats in the area is a bit hard, ive only just got my hands on some recently
     
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    Way undersized.
     
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    In my opinion if a snake is small for its age but still looks healthy (not skinny) then that is fine and your snake looks fine to me.
     
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    I thought it being undersized would be the case.. I seen quite a few posts people who have 2 y.o murray darlings that weigh a kilo and are a foot longer so will just keep her on a regular diet and she will grow in no time!
     
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    Double checked her weight, 500grams tonight so she has put on 70g since i got her a month ago..
     
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    Went into the shop again today and had a look at the matching male that they had there.. He is just on 1.2m and probably only weighs 400g... Again the bloke said that this snake is around 3 and 1/2 years old..
     
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    My MD is currently 15 months old (to the day), approx 120cm and weighed in today at 445g. So, in comparison, the shop may have underfed her a little. Then again, mine is a male NSW strain, so it could just be the rate at which different localities/sexes grow. I feed mine a weaner rat once a week, so I'd definitely up the food weight, and she should grow a heap in no time :)
     
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    Yeah been doin that, shes put on some really good conditioning lately so im very happy about that!
     
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    Does locality make that much of a difference? Mine are from SA bloodlines as far as I know.
    Male is around 3 foot and 220g. Female is around 5-6 foot and 1.5kg. Both around 16 months old. Same clutch.
    Shows you how different the sizes can be. Male has been a very picky bugger about his food though.
    Only just starting to get him back on track again after weeks-months of non-feeding 'episodes'. I guess you'd call it.
    Note. Husbandray hasn't changed. Went from Mice/Rats to Quail/Chicken. Took his 4th Chick last night.
    I try to feed mine at least 20% of their body weight each time.
     
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