Bloodlines by Rich Macias Ball Python Questions & Answer Page:
Here is a reply I made to someone consistently getting a feeding response bite everytime they opened their snakes cage:
"How high are your temps? Maybe turn down the hot spot a couple degrees. Sometimes we keep them too hot for comfort & this extra heat increases digestion, thus increasing appetite, & we get a constant feeding response every time we open the tub." Rich Macias
Hey can you please give me some tips on how to fatten up or maybe make my ball pythons pick up weight a little quicker? Oh and what is the correct way to thaw out mice and rats to feed them?
Live rats of the appropriate size bulks up ball pythons.
Many different ways to thaw out rodents. A spot lamp is the worst because you can cook the guts and make the feeder a rotten piece of meat very easily. I always liked airing out on newspaper or better yet hardware cloth. You can also use a small fan to blow air over the frozen feeders to help speed up the process. Some people use warm water, but that makes a big nasty mess.
Rich, "Is your line of Tri-Stripes compatable with the Snake Keeper original lineage of Tri-Stripes?"
Thanks for visiting, I want to be as helpful as I can, so if you have any reptile related questions about ball python care, breeding, feeding, caging, buying, selling, and so on. Let me know :-) my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of records and paperwork do you keep?