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Q: Upsizing on prey item for 9-10 month old corn snake?
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Mercury- Hypo het Amel, Motley

I went a head and up sized on food item for my 9-10 month old corn snakes tonight but I have had these mice for several months in the freezer and I cannot remember what they are/not marked well enough anymore for me to tell. I think they are hoppers, and I know Mercury ate the mouse fine without any problems and it did not seem to be more then 1 1/2 times larger then the thickest part of her body but what are you're opinions on what food size a 9-10 month old corn snake should be eating?  She weighed 50 grams the last time I weighed her. Thanks!

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Topics: General Health , Feeding
Tags: Food
Species: Other Colubrids > Other Colubrids > Elaphe guttata guttata
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Author Comment 4/30/2012 12:47:39 AM


Before now I was feeding Mercury and Ivory double large pinkies since the beginning of this year. They both hatched late July 2011. 

Assisted Answer 4/30/2012 1:19:31 AM


I think she will be fine  as long as the post feed lump isn't   to big ..

Author Comment 4/30/2012 1:50:43 AM


There is a good size bump , but I don't think it's overly big. I'm just curious to see what others think a 9 month old corn should be eating..Thanks! I haven't had a 9 month old for awhile so I forget.

Assisted Answer 4/30/2012 7:25:42 AM


I wouldn't focus so much on what the prey is labeled as and what the size is, if it looks to be 1.5x the size of her thickest part, feed that size, just nothing above that size.  I don't power feed, but I don't really worried about their age as much as their size for prey size, reason being some snakes do grow a little faster than others, while others grow a little slower.  Just focus on an appropriate sized meal every 5-7 days.

Accepted Answer 4/30/2012 11:00:46 AM


I feed my Corns based on size not age.  I feed the ones that are about the same size as yours 6 or 7 gram fuzzies.

Just weigh a few of them and you will be able to determine if they are fuzzies or hoppers.

You can use this to roughly determine the size of your feeders:

Pinkies - 1 to 3 grams

Fuzzies - 4 to 7 grams

Hoppers - 8 to 12 grams

Weanlings - 13 to 19 grams

Adult Mice - 20 to 29 grams

XL Mice - 30 to 50 grams

Author Comment 4/30/2012 3:22:05 PM


Thanks for all your help! That's helped me alot.

Assisted Answer 4/30/2012 7:08:50 PM


I feed mine of about the same size hoppers... basically judging by the size of the snake. - pretty much what everyone else has said.

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