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Old 09-22-2011, 09:42 AM
Greg Nel Greg Nel is offline
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The only difference in nutritional value of rats and mice is that rats and their babies are bigger. The better nutritional value depends on the size of your boa itself. As his size grows mice, even fully grown, will not be the size of the food he needs. In this regard keeping a supply of rats might be better. The alternative is feeding more than one mouse or rat at a feed. This is not a serious problem but my experience is that when I did this out of necessity my boa grabbed the one (pre-frozen) rat "killed" it and then left it to go after the other (pre-frozen) in case it "escaped". The lesson I learnt is that if you have to do multiple feeds do them one prey item at a time and check that each is properly ingested and down the snake's throat before giving the next one.
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