I'm sure any self respecting snake in the wild would never eat anything that might have bacteria on it! This is a debate that goes on and on, I thaw at room temp unless I need to get food ready quickly in which case I thaw in TEPID water. This is all personal choice, I don't like the idea of feeding my animals part cooked food. I guess the re freezing idea can be a factor in how you choose to thaw them but with 50+ animals in the house I never re freeze anything. Tell that to someone who eat their steak 'blue' How did this thread get so far off line?