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Why You Should NOT Feed Snakes Live Rodents


Today, we’re going to be talking about a lot of the downsides with feeding your snakes live food so usually you have two options when you’re going to go and feed your snake. Most snakes are going to be eating rodents whether it’s mice or rats of all different sizes and you can get them available frozen or live from different pet stores. So you might already know some snakes simply just aren’t going to take frozen and they only take live, many snakes can switch over I’ve never had to deal with that so I can’t really tell you anything too specific on how to switch them over to frozen, but I am going to be giving you some reasons to encourage you to do so if you are feeding live. This is also just a way to, I guess give my opinions on the big argument on whether live mice and rats are actually bad for snakes or not. The very first thing we can talk about are your benefits as the keeper, the most simple one being that frozen, it’s just a lot cheaper. You can get them in pretty large bulks I buy them in a couple hundred at a time, and they are just cheaper by themselves, I think I can get them for like, 75 cents to 2 dollars per mouse depending on the size. And in addition to that you don’t have to keep them alive since they’re already frozen you just have to thaw them out and feed them. So the next thing we’re going to talk about is the actual impact on the mouse when you choose either live or frozen food. So firstly; live, obviously the snake * the snake will bite the mouse, preferably on the head but it might miss the head, so maybe somewhere mid body or on the back, then it can wrap up and constrict that mouse and basically what they do is each time the mouse exhales, the snake can wrap tighter, which means that it cannot breathe, so it ends up becoming unconscious after basically being crushed and then being eaten. So when a mouse is fed live it ends up dying from asphyxiation, which is the same deal with frozen mice, however it’s pretty different because the frozen mice aren’t going to have to go through the actual, like tightening and crushing of its body. It’s only simply going to be asphyxiated. But this is usually called controlled atmosphere stunning, basically what happens is they’re put into some sort of large container where it’s airtight and people can control the gases going in and out and the goal is to remove the oxygen and replace it with some sort of gas that isn’t going to keep you conscious, the most commonly used one is carbon dioxide. Now this is a bit different from other chemicals, or other gases not chemicals because it is considered poisonous but if you’re using small amounts of this gas at a time, the mice don’t appear to have any physical pain brought to them. If you just immediately go 100% full on carbon dioxide this will be toxic, and they will feel pain, but since people start just replacing the air slowly with the carbon dioxide, they really won’t notice and then they’ll just end up passing out, before they really feel much, even if they do feel some pain it’s definitely not going to be compared to being fed live. Now we’re going to talk about the actual snakes themselves. So a lot of people say “you can just feed your snakes live because it’s natural” but we’ve kind of talked about this before, just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s the best for an animal. I guess a good way to kind of prove this is the fact that snakes and pretty much any animal, is going to have a much longer lifespan in captivity compared to in the wild ’cause you can really remove a ton of those dangers. But the main danger comes when your snake is going in for the strike and the kill of the mouse or rat, it grabs it and in that first few seconds since it’s going to take awhile for that animal to actually die when the snake is holding on, it has time to eventually turn around and bite the snake that’s biting it, even if the snake did bite the mouse right on the face, the mouse still has claws and mouse claws are sharp if you’ve ever felt them so they can easily scratch the snakes eyes, the scales, and all this stuff can result in bleeding or injury and it has in fact killed quite a few snakes in the past. People say like “Oh, I’ll just supervise the snake while it eats”, but that’s not going to be too useful if you’re.. feeding it.., like it’s really quick it’s all going to happen in just a couple seconds; the snake is going to bite, the mice is going to immediately react in some kind, usually they’re just going to squirm around, but there is certainly that chance of the snake getting bit, or scratched or something like that. So this is kind of the three main things that people talk about your benefit as the person or the owner the mouse’s benefit as it’s dying *heh* and then of course the actual safety of your pet snake. That’s going to be more convenient to you ’cause you can save money you don’t have to feed the animals you can just keep them in the freezer until you actually need them, you can stock up in bulk. It’s much better for the mouse because based on all the evidence so far, it is way more humane for a mouse to die through a carbon dioxide gassing, where they basically don’t feel anything at all, compared to being grabbed, strangled, and suffocated by a massive snake, where it’s completely helpless and then of course the snake is going to be much safer when the food cannot fight back. Hopefully this gave you some new insight on feeding live versus frozen to your snakes, of course like I said, some snakes are only going to take live, and it’s not the end of the world if you can deal with it, but I definitely wouldn’t start feeding live, like I’ve seen some people say they goin’ to get a snake and switch it to live..? I definitely wouldn’t do that because it is quite difficult to move them back, but yeah there’s really no benefits in my opinion, to feeding live. Let me know your thoughts and any other things that you’ve thought of during this video in the comments, but that’ll be it for this video. I’m Alex, and thanks for watching. subtitles by Denali Draws on YouTube (Linked in description)

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  1. GoHerping Author

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  2. todd mayben Author

    Feed live I don't get it, because I feed them live but I smash their head on a door or wall they shake for a minute then stop so no problem, learn how to feed a snake not hard the people

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  3. David Rondon Author

    I feed mine live mice because it's how they do it in nature. I don't want to deny it it's hunting instincts and it doesn't like to be denied it's instincts. Mine ignores dead mice. She seems to love the hunt because it's in her instinct. The mouse never bites my snake because it doesn't even get a chance to defend itself. It happens so fast, that by the time the mouse realizes the snake is a danger, it's too late.

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  4. Illyanna Turtle Author

    My snake only accepts live mice, I really didn't want to feed live mice and i tried frozen & thawed for a month when I first got my BP, but we wasn't accepting any of them, I tried tons of different stuff but he was getting SUPER skinny, like as thin as my finger, so I eventually had to feed him live.

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  5. kiroro pupper Author

    They've recently discovered that snakes constrict their prey not to suffocate them, but rather to prevent the heart from pumping blood. This explains why King snakes are able to eat other snakes despite snakes having low oxygen requirements. Kings can squeeze harder without putting as much pressure on their own bodies which makes other species that are unable to squeeze/withstand the squeeze die before the king snake in a fight.

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  6. Sloppy Joe Author

    Bro they throw tons live conscious mice into a ziplock bag and throw it in the freezer, honestly if i were a mouse id rather go head on with the snake and have honor and be eaten the be thrown in a bag with 15 other mice that are all panicking while freezing slowly to death, they very rarely ever gas them and freez them because there inards will be contaminated and possibly even somewhat decomposed when you get them to your freezer, most of the frozen mice you buy are actually being killed in very inhuman ways but who actually cares about a mouses life they cannot think to themselves consciously like “oh no im being frozen to death” or “oh a big snake is about to eat me” they just react from instict😂

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  7. Cath Nelson Author

    In high school I volunteered at a reptile park that bread and killed their own mice/rats using the gassing methods, all the new volunteers would spend their first day or two in the "food house" preparing, sorting and delivering the mice/rats to the main building for feeding. around the same time, I was also live feeding my own snake who completely refused any food that was already dead. The gassing was by far the most humane for both, my snake was a bit of a derp and wasn't a great hunter, so it wasn't a quick process for the mice, and he did get hurt a few times (nothing major like in the photos you showed thankfully).

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  8. Jose Mora Author

    You’re a snake guy obviously, so you know as well as I do that it’s bullshit. It’s imitation and patience. Then they’ll take the frozen.

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  9. SpiritWolf Gardian Author

    If you buy them frozen, than they will lose all the nutrients, I'm not the only dumb one here, just wait for them to die of natural causes

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  10. Ty M Author

    Daaam. You people are crazy as fuck. Everything we eat was live at some point even plants for the vegans. I don't have a snake but if I did I definitely would not feed it frozen or thawed food. They were born to kill live animals for substance. You people have more compassion for rodents than the 400 years of slavery in America. Where was all this compassion then?

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  11. KillerDragain Author

    Rats gonna die anyway
    Fuck it's feelings lmao
    It's better to keep my snake sharp than lazy when it just sits there and eats the rat at its own pace

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  12. Alondra Alvarez Author

    Does anyone have any recommendations on where to buy cheap frozen rodents because im paying 99$ for 10 fuzzies every few weeks for my ball python

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  13. •Otaku_Gamer• Author

    In nature rats and mice have to go through a lot of pain. That’s the way nature works, so why is it a big deal if the rat or mouse is feeling pain. That’s the way it is supposed be.

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  14. Swagon 121 Author

    I always feed pre killed. I fed live before and I never liked it but my snake got scratched once and I freaked out it was the smallest scratch but now I feed pre killed which is perfect because they keep the body heat.

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  15. Ridley Diddley Author

    If people were truly concerned about things being "natural" they wouldn't own pets at all.

    There are better ways to feed snake. If your snake won't eat frozen, even after thawing and warming and propping (which is bullshit by the way because snakes in the wild will feed on carrion regularly) then maybe you might possibly have a case but still not really. I've worked with people who care for exotic reptiles, cobras and vipers and such. Most of them wouldn't dare drop a five dollar rat in with their thousand dollar snake even with proper supervision because an errant glancing bite could still cause dangerous and expensive infection. It's a ton of stress on both animals and not worth it in any sense. They all either euthanized the feeders themselves then fed them fresh, or bought frozen and did the thaw/warm/move trick. If that's "too much effort" for any of you then why are you even bothering owning an animal?

    If you were really interested in "watching nature" then buy a book, put on your boots, and go admire animals in their habitat. Or go to a zoo. Or maybe just watch a documentary. Do anything other than pen an animal in so you can satisfy your gladiatorial fetish for five minutes at a time with no thought for the snake that has little opportunity for actual "natural living" other than the second most dangerous encounter it could possibly have in the wild. Seriously, if you want a pet then take care of it in a way that keeps it safe and happy. If you don't want to do that, leave it for somebody who will.

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  16. B M Author

    It is just the natural order of things.. I mean in the wild they hunt and stalk their pray. Just because we humans want to keep them as pets should not involve robbing them of their natural instincts.

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  17. alex Stele Author

    My best friend has to feed the snake live since always rejects dead food even warm ones.

    Also rechnicly its not always cheaper since u can breed feeding mice urself which will be cheaper cause u pay only for food and care for them.

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  18. fuckmylife8570 Author

    Constrictors don't kill by suffocation, it's like a rear naked choke on a human it interrupts blood flow and the prey is unconscious within seconds and then dead by a massive cardiac event due to the massive venous pressure. Not saying one way over another is better or worse to each their own depending on the snake. But, if you're going to do an informative video you should really use the proper information.

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  19. Kinnaday Author

    I gave one snake that eats live because someone gave hereto me and she had already been eating live for kiket he majority if her life. She just wouldn't swap and I was getting tired of spending too much money on frozen rats. But I find freshly killed is a lot better.

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  20. Vertigo Zero Author

    I've heard the argument (from my own dad actually) that "snakes need to eat live food for the warmth of their bodies" and my counter is…. if your snake is relying on it's food to get warm, you should reevaluate your ownership choices. I mean, one of his snakes froze to death before so I really can't take that argument seriously at all.

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  21. Travis Brainerd Author

    Love your videos, I'd like to point out however that constrictor's don't kill by asphyxiation they actually kill by preventing blood from circulating (circulatory arrest) as if they killed by asphyxiation it would take much much longer as the prey would still have oxygenated blood circulating until it finally ran out of oxygen which could take minutes, the circulatory arrest inside the prey that occurs due to the snakes powerful constriction and is much more efficient. It essentially prevents any blood from reaching the brain causing death within about 30 seconds to a minute. On a small rodent the strength is so great that it not only causes circulatory arrest but also causes detrimental effects to the prey's blood pressure, blood gases, blood ion balance, and heart function.

    SOURCE: The Journal of Experimental Biology

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  22. Lifting Girl Author

    I need a little help with my ball python///she is 2 and she is very very tiny (like 2 feet) she always ate live but the live mice were rly hard to get so I decided when she was a year and a half old to try frozen I fed it to her for about 4 weeks (so she ate like 5 or 6 of them) and then she wouldn’t eat the frozen so I gave her a live and she ate it. I don’t understand why she wouldn’t eat frozen anymore and I’ve tried many times does anyone have any suggestions???

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  23. Lacie Murphy Author

    Frozen isn't affordable where I am, for a 1 med rat it's $10 but I can get frozen pinkies affordable where I am, so my garter is on frozen and my BP is on live

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  24. DaveyQueen Author

    Personally, I think if you're feeding a snake live prey out of CHOICE and not because the snake outright refuses frozen then you're just feeding your own need to watch something be killed, and I find it deeply concerning. Here in the UK it's straight up illegal to feed vertebrates live, and with these laws in place the snakes have been born and brought up on frozen food, so there's very very rarely any refusals. There are how ever ways to get around the "frozen" part. I used to breed my own mice for my snakes then I would quickly dispatch the mouse (takes literally a second) then feed it to the snakes, this way the mouse still smells as if it's alive but it doesn't break any laws. For those saying it's "natural", how is it natural to place two animals into a container then watch as one is forced to kill the other? In the wild each side has a fair chance. It's barbaric to sit and watch as a rat is forced into a corner then killed, normally, fairly slow. It's much kinder to kill it quickly and painlessly if your snake is refusing frozen food, a quick wiggle with large tongs simulates the mouse still alive with the scents still there.

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  25. BLAZED FOO Author

    So far my python has gotten all its live prey from the face and wraps it really quick so hopefully it keeps the same technique or I just don’t get a Bruce Lee mouse and mess my snake up

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  26. Ivan Booker Author

    I got my snake from a pet store that only fed them live
    he refused to take anything for 9 months
    hes my only snake that eats live, i havent had a problem switching any of my others over

    after 9 months of not eating any of the frozen rats i offered him (i offered him one once a week, still nothing) i gave up and tried giving him a live one and he immediately took it

    do they just not recognize it as food? i dont understand really//

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  27. Jayson Lloyd Author

    My sister fed her boa only once live and she didn’t drop it in the ginipig was toung fed so there was no way any harm could come to the snake and I was in the other room drowning out it’s poor screens as it was killed and eaten without the snake having any issues (that said we did ask someone the best way they thought to feed a live animal to a snake the safest way and we didn’t just assume the snake would go for a rat runny around her tank)

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  28. Jayson Lloyd Author

    I understand that it’s more “humain” to freeze an animal to death then it is to just let the snake eat it but have you not watched any nature shows animals kill and eat other animals all the time in all fairness it’s more humain to just chop the rats head off rather then freezing it I know it’s safer for the snake witch is the important part and really the only reason you should feed frozen thaw rats or whatever not cause the snake food didn’t feel pain before death (cause it did)

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  29. Jayson Lloyd Author

    If you have a large constrictor you should be feeding them something the size of the largest part of there body so ya rats and mice will work for a while once they get 5-7 ft you need to be feeding them small rabbits and guinipigs

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  30. Jazmine Sanchez Author

    Hey first off, prior to being a ball python owner, I watched your channel for a lot of research! So thank you for that!! Now on to the topic!
    I feel like feeding live is better. I think about the blood and organs of the mice/rat. When they eat live, they are getting nourishment off the fresh blood, kidneys, liver etc. I feel that freezing the rodents and then thawing them, kinda ruins the nutrients, kinda like the rumor about frozen vegetables losing their nutrients after freezing. I’d be more than interested to hear your thoughts on this? Again, thanks for all the videos!!

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  31. joshua newbeck Author

    I'm going to have to switch to frozen, she was fed live before i got her so first i plan to introduce tongs, than pre kill, than switch to the thawed food. It's gonna be a pain… Shes bp

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  32. kitsune0rei Author

    When I was looking for my first ball python on Craigslist, I intentionally looked for a snake that had been fed f/t. As a new keeper and knowing they can be a bit picky anyway, I just didn't want to have to deal with potential difficulty switching a snake accustomed to live over to f/t with my first snake. There was no way I was going to feed live, and I have a local petstore I can easily pick f/t up at.
    She has been a great eater for me, I feed her in the evening every week a mouse that has been warmed in hot water.

    Also in nature, you find so many reptiles that have injuries. These aren't just from predators. I would prefer to minimize the chances for bad things to happen to my snake, since she doesn't live in the wild.

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  33. Helga Author

    If you try to switch a f/t eater to live, that is more dangerous to the snake than one who has always eaten live.
    Alot of the snakes I feed that have eaten f/t for years do not even strike all of the time, but just grab. When they do strike, it is not with the same force, nor are there any coils thrown around the rodent to asphixiate it.
    Some of them also grab the rodent by the rear instead.

    When feeding live, the rodent would not let them make these mistakes as they are fighting for their lives.
    Vet bills for exotics are not cheap and rodent's teeth are larger than any non-venomous snakes teeth.

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  34. Kelly Mc Dougall Author

    You are a wonderful keeper, young man, and a ruby amongst rocks in this Youtube Serengeti of self appointed experts. Feeding ethically pre killed whole food to obligate carnivore species is a professional tenet in Zoo Science. It protects our vocation, our hobby, and the health of our keeping subjects. Thank you for this, you are our future.

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  35. Teskmehu Author

    With constrictor snakes I agree you should never feed live, but if you own venomous snakes I think it's possible, or at least more reasonable, to argue in favour of live feeding.

    Since the snake typically only strikes once and then just hangs out the risk of injury is way, way smaller than with a constrictor, and with some venomous snakes the process of the poison being metabolized inside the mouse's body is actually the first step in its digestive process. This is generally only mildly beneficial though, and feeding frozen isn't going to hurt the animal

    I have also heard that venomous snakes can be particularly difficult to switch to frozen, or in some cases just outright won't eat anything but live. But if you manage to get it to eat frozen, that's still the better option. Live is just not as "absolutely not" as with constrictors

    At least according to a local breeder who has kept venomous snakes

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  36. God Zilla Author

    Nature rules. Dont think that a rat wont protect itself. Just because it is prey. Nature has given the prey natural abilities to defend itself from a predator too. Its a bad idea to feed live rat to a snake. I have seen a rat eat a snake in the wild. Rats chew through anything. They can destroy homes. They are built to infiltrate & survive. They come 2nd to roaches in surviving the atomic bomb radiation.
    Dont underestimate the rats. They are everywhere. They were here millions of years before humans and they will still be here long after humans have gone extinct.

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  37. Rounding It Real Author

    As you'll get older and study herpetology more, you are going to come to some very interesting and conclusive understandings in your own experiences one day….

    1. The misconception of feeding "frozen-thawed-out-food" to be the best way in feeding serpents (especially venomous "hots"), is the worse way in feeding overall.
    2. The realization that it's not about what's best for the snake and safest way in protecting your reptile, but rather a hobbiest inclination to want to build a more personal relationship with it – or simply, having a heavy heart in watching an animal rodent die in front of them.
    3. The truest and most accurate nutritional facts between "live" and "frozen."

    Pinky mice are 87% water with the smallest content value overall regarding nutritional benefits. It's why the smallest of small start off that way with pinkies. Rat pups, although fattier in nutritional value, poses the best compromise in both naturalization and overall snake safety. Finally, the odds of your snake being overly sick to the point of not-wanting-to-eat verses you not "knowing" your animal to the proverbial letter is a major fault on the keeper's part for allowing the rodent the opportunity.

    Tong-feeding, as the predominate form and feeding technique in the venomous world of "hot-keeping" not only provokes an organic understanding that it's feeding time every time you approach a slide-door-cage (face to face) with a tong or forsept hook in hand, you're risking your life ten times greater than the chances of the rodent bitting and killing your snake.

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  38. Katie Kane Author

    Ours was always fed live before we got him. Tried hard to switch to frozen but he quit eating. We make sure the snake is ready by showing interest. Put the rodent in a pillowcase & thump it to stun. Sulley got his head bit once by an unstunned rodent. It healed but took forever. If I ever have another snake, will try for one used to frozen.

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  39. Ashamed Ashley Author

    I love how you talk about the benefit to the rodent as well. I love rodents and I know a snake needs to eat but i would definitely be thinking about the rodent, too. Frozen, the rodent is basically put to sleep before it suffocates so it doesnt feel pain. It just thinks it's going to sleep basically. They die peacefully vs dying in a panic from being strangled and crushed by a snake. I also wouldnt be able to handle the squeak they let out in pain and surprise. Plus, you really wouldnt want your snake to die from fulfilling its basic need to eat. That would be so sad 🙁 Not everything that is natural is better. I mean, pandas eat nothing but bamboo which gives them almost no nutritional value 🤷🏽‍♀️ I'm sure they could thrive better off of another food but they choose not to. They get by with bamboo but you got to admit, it's not the best option.

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  40. Kaia Frantz Author

    my baby ball python has only ever ate live according to the breeder and is currently on baby fuzzies. i cant get him to switch to frozen. i am very, very careful about feeding times with him. if you leave a live rat/mouse in your tank/tub and dont watch closely watch to make sure your snake is safe then you shouldnt have a snake to begin with. people that throw live rodents into enclosures and dont watch to make sure their snake has killed/eaten their food, dont care about their snake or its well being to begin with imo.

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  41. Bobi Coates Author

    personally I think its a lot nicer to feed frozen because I really don't like watching something in a huge amount of pain for a pretty long time and not doing anything to help. Whether its natural or not.

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  42. Sahana K Author

    How would you feed live responsibly. If you have a snake (like sunny) who refuses all food, trying live would be the next step so how would you try to feed live as safely as possible?

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  43. Botch Boi Games Author

    i feed my ball python snake live mice every friday. i’ve never had any problem. If your going too feed your snake live mice. grab the mouse tail. spin the mouse around and hit it super super hard on your snakes enclosure. and then the mouse will have autism for about 4 minutes. there you go. jeez

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  44. bubbles mainville Author

    How can you go and kill the mice with a poisonous gas witch can kill you over time and then feed it to a living creature that thing your feeding it will probably kill your snake over time because it still has some of that gas in it

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  45. Snake Draws Author

    I agree. My neighbor is still feeding their ball python(its name is Fred lol) live mice from petsmart(the ones your supposed to keep as pets :/). Im going to try and re-explain why they should switch to frozen mice.

    EDIT: my neighbors have had pets in the past, but they didnt make it too long :/

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  46. Jessicalball Author

    This is why you thump live prey in the head and then offer it too the snake. Does nobody know about this method? My redtail boa absolutely refused frozen/thawed so i had to feed her live. I never ever let a live rat run around in her cage. I just thumped them in the head to knock them out cold and used tongs to feed the unconcious rat to her. That way the rat was still alive and breathing but couldn't hurt her.

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  47. L/Crochet love child Author

    This to me is a bull sh*t argument because if humans dont catch them outside and keep them as pets feeding live is more NATURAL to them then dead they dont normally eat dead in the wild unless the food is not present live you people always play God an loose this is why so many so called breeders keepers etc…ARE DEAD A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE WILL DO THIS TO YOU AMINALS WERE HERE BEFORE MANKIND GOD SAID I HAVE CREATED YOU AND YOU HAVE DOMAIN OVER THE LAND AN ANIMALS KEEP ON BEING DISOBEDIENT AN MORE HUMANS WILL PERRISH BECUASE OF SELF KNOWLEDGE WHICH IS FLODD😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  48. Pickle Rick Author

    A mouse has no conscious, it does not care if its young die and if you told me to squeeze a mouse till its eyes pop out I would do it because
    I wouldn't feel bad

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  49. Mister Person Author

    I agree 100%, but my bp, as many times as I tried to feed it thawed, will only eat live. I watch him like a hawk whenever I’m feeding him. The dread I’d feel if something happened.

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  50. Salty Storm Author

    Heyo.
    I have a ball python and have found that If I scratch the top of his hide like little claws he’ll come out.
    Just a tip for converting to frozen.

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  51. PatchTheKiller26 Author

    Lesson Here God Damnit I Feed My Snakes Live Rats And There Fine They Might Get Bit Ho Well What The Hell You Think Happens In The Wild You Dum Asses. I Hate Feeding My Snakes Frozen Rats And That Shit Was Just Terrible They Didn’t Know What To Do And I Wasn’t About To Get Bit Myself I Got 5 Venomous Snakes And Three Nonvenomous Snakes And I Feed Them Live Rats

    LIVE RATS NOT FROZEN SHIT

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  52. Simone Author

    It’s weird that you’re acting like a snake eating a rat or mouse is in humane. I grew up with snakes in the house and they all ate live. And they were fine.
    There is a benefit to feeding live. Vitamin c is decreased by 50% when freezing food. To prevent vitamin c deficiency they say that frozen rodents should be supplemented with vitamin c, while live rodents should have just eaten recently. Naturally In the wild, they choose a prey that has ate recently for that very reason. Everyone and everything should eat what and the way it’s designed to eat for a reason.

    I’m vegan, & I’m sure 99% of the people in the comments saying that a snake eating the natural way is wrong, but will eat McDonald’s and bunch of crap that is raised and killed cruelly.

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  53. Y NOT inc. Author

    Hold the rat by the tail and flick it between the spine and back of its neck. If you do it right and hard enough you will completely paralyze the rat in less the 1 sec and you won't cause bleeding .

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  54. Gogetta323 Author

    I am pretty late to this but, think about the snake. If it doesn’t want to eat frozen thawed then there really is no other way to feed it besides force feeding it which can cause stress to the snake itself. Yes, live feeding is dangerous but sometimes you will not have a choice. My snake does not like frozen thawed and I’ve tried for about 2 weeks straight and had to force feed. I didn’t want my snake to live off of that so I had to give him live. Frozen or live, the mice or rats will die either way. This is just my opinion

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  55. Olive the Snek Author

    The place I got my ball python Olive originally only fed live. So I might have to feed her live for a while :/ but some day I want to switch to frozen thawed

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  56. Positive Vibes Author

    Unfortunately, despite several attempts to transition my ball python to frozen she never did take a shine to it and we've kept her on live since then. It's sad, but I'd rather her eat live than become emancipated.

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  57. Atrox Army Author

    If you guys would stop inbreeding the snakes they’d be able to safely eat! Why would they be bad for the snake?! They don’t have somebody throw em a thawed dead rat in the wild! They also wouldn’t make it 5 seconds in the wild with these mutations and morphs.

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  58. Michael Oswald Author

    Maybe you should share all this information with Mother Nature. I’m sure for THOUSANDS of years snakes have eaten ONLY live meals. Oh but NOW you want to play god and tell everyone what’s best for snakes. Just a few years in the existence of snakes. Did you know that it is healthier and snakes benefit more from the nutrition from live because their VENOM actively breaks down the animal when they eat it?!? And guess what?!? When it’s DEAD, that venom does NOT get pumped through the bloodstream of the prey. So NOW it takes twice as long to pass the prey. AND they don’t benefit all the nutrition from the animal.

    Your full of crap. Stop trying to play god when snakes have been eating live for 10s of thousands of years.

    Stupid

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