So yesterday was feeding day, and I am always pleased when most of the Balls eat.
As some of you know, BPs can be notoriously picky eaters.
I have several.
Some eat only mice, some eat only rats, some eat prekilled, some will kill the rodent and leave it.
Let me share with you a story about a female I have...
Once upon a time, I received a Ball Python morph that I was absolutely thrilled to have. She was a year old, great size, and I was stoked to get her in the breeding program. I asked what she was eating.
I was told Mice.
No problem, I thought. I can switch her over to rats.
Boy was I wrong.
I tried EVERYTHING.
Prescenting a rat pup with mouse smell (yes, that means rolling it in soiled mouse bedding)
Prekilled mice, then prekilled rats right after
Giving her time to "think" about being interested in rats
Frozen thawed rats packed in with mice
Moving around the animal into a new tub, with hides or no hides
But to no avail.
Her willpower was too strong, and although she wasn't eating, she was the same size. I was concerned, but not worried for her health.
So I gave in.
Mice are a tough feeder option due to the fact that for an adult Ball Python, you need to provide upwards of 10 mice.
I greatly dislike using them as feeder items, because on top of the size, they smell worse than rats.
Maybe my skills as a switcher are just not in tune enough, as I have at least three dedicated mouse eaters in my collection of a couple hundred.
Am I missing some magical trick out there? Maybe... I'd be willing to try again, as I have mentioned before, I dislike Mice. I think they are cute, no question, and the colors they come in make breeding them fun, but.. I'd love to not need them.
I actually don't even use mice as starter feeders for babies unless they are hard starters. This way, they cannot imprint on mice, so my customers and I can happily offer rats and not have any issues. YAY!
But back to the original point, most of the animals are chowing down due to the season. I may put off pairing due to the eating trends, but I do technically start pairing on my Birthday, which is in 8 days.
Again, I am conflicted. I may just start pairing a few pairs that I know are ready, and not start the full swing of things until after Thanksgiving.
I was going to take photos of some new things and shedded things and so forth, but since everyone ate, the bulges in the bellies would take away from the beauty of the photos. Maybe in a few days, eh?
Have a great day, my friends. Stay warm!