Wild Rats/Mice

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  1. Cain04

    Cain04 Not so new Member

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    hi all,

    Let me just apologize if this has already been done to death but my internet is having issues and I can search anything.

    We have a lot of rats and mice at home. Which got me thinking.

    We don’t/never have put out poison for them.

    My plan. You guessed it, catch them for my pythons.

    I’m thinking catch mouse/rat. I will then keep it for at least a week, feeding it and looking after it. My theory is that any poison that may be in its system will either kill it in this time or pass through.

    If at the end of this it looks healthy I will humanely euthanize and place in the freezer where it will stay for a minimum of 3 weeks.

    From the info I have been able to gather freezing the rat for at least three weeks will kill off any parasites it may have.

    And so leaving me with a feed for my babies and helping with the rat problem at home.


    Please don’t just flame me with it’s not worth the risk answers, I’m wanting help on making and educated decision so please explain why you give you yes or no response.

    Many thanks
    Cain
     
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    cheapthrillz Not so new Member

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    I catch rats for a friend who has pythons. Only thing to do is freeze them to kill pathogens. Been doing it for years, never had a problem. Lately though, his snakes sometimes won't eat wild ones but will eat white/bought ones, dunno why.
     
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    Pauls_Pythons Power Seller Power Seller

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    I would imagine it would be fine. Have used wild rabbits before but I do tend to steer clear of most wild caught prey items when offered tbh.
     
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