How much to feed your snake

Emperor Snake Boa Snake Boa Imperator LurkThey are very large, with males measuring 6 to 8 feet and females measuring 8 to 10 feed. In the wild their diet consists of amphibians, birds, lizards, small mammals and other snakes.

There are lots of factors to take into consideration when feeding boa constrictors in captivity.

The size of your boa will determine size and type of prey it can absorb. Young boas should eat baby or small young rats, or rabbits, while full-grown boas can consume huge rats, little cows and small rabbits which are frozen specifically for the purpose of feeding wildlife in captivity. Make sure that the size of the prey is no larger than the widest point of the boa’s midsection.

Never feed your boa live food as it might cause your snake to become aggressive. Also the prey may escape or harm your boa. Never feed your snake crazy animals. Wild animals may carry bacteria or parasites. Simply feed your snake prey that were raised in sterile surroundings and fed organic diets which guarantee your pet won’t get contaminated with parasites or bacteria.

Prey animals are frozen when you get them. Dangle the prey before the snake with tongs. Make sure that you wash your hands after feeding your boa. To maintain your boa from inadvertently consuming substrate from its habitat, it is recommended that you transfer your boa into another container when feeding.

Large boas (6 months old and older) can graduate to pre-killed adult mice, rats, chicks and eventually rabbits (1-2 times per month.) Remember do not feed prey that is larger than the widest part of the snake.

The size of the prey is obviously significant, but the frequency of feeding is just as important. You need to give your boa enough time to properly digest each meal before trying to feed it . This works out to a feeding schedule to every 7 to 12 days.

Proper feeding your boa constrictor is quite important. Only feed prey that’s from a company who sells prey animals for reptiles in captivity. Remember, make sure not to feed prey that is too big for your snake as it might choke. You can google for more hints and information about snakes and what to feed them.

 

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