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Q: Does it take long for a snake to eat?
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Another stupid question...lol! I fed Diablo yesturday and like 10 minutes later I checked on him and the Rat (which was large) was gone...I couldn't even tell he had just ate...I just thought It would take longer for him to get it down...lol! Or was it just that the Rat wasn't big enough....Diablo is approx. 3-4 years old and around 4-5 feet.....

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Topics: Feeding , Digestive
Tags: Feeding, Regius
Species: Pythons > Pythons > Python regius
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Member Comment 2/20/2009 8:42:57 AM

Matts Animals
in my experience every animal is different. i got a carpet python who will inhale anything in no time flat (medium rat in less than 5 minutes, shes about 4 foot long, donno weight)  and a GTP which usually takes about a half hour just to be done "killing" the f/t rat and then seems to take a while to eat it, shes just a slow eater i guess.
Member Comment 2/20/2009 10:35:49 AM

i guess it has to do with the snake my ball pythons eat real fast and my boa takes her time about 10 minutes i think she likes to savor the flavor of the mouse like its a fine wine or something lol
Member Comment 2/20/2009 11:01:54 AM

My Carpet pythons also eat very fast.  I have one ball python that eats very fast too, but one that is picky.  For the picky one, I leave the food in the cage nd turn out the lights and leave it for the night.  It's usually gone when I get up in the morning.

My corn snakes are kindof in the middle.  They take their time, not very slow, but not very fast.  I guess corn snakes have better manners!

But I agree, every snake is different in this regard. 
Accepted Answer 2/20/2009 12:08:25 PM

This is going to vary from snake to snake and from feeding to feeding. A couple of my baby corns will suck back a pinkie in a couple of minutes. My female ball python will swallow a feeder in 10-15 minutes where my two males will coil around a F/T feeder for around the same amont of time before even swallowing making sure their prey is dead. Boys can be so dumb LOL. Then again I have some snakes that will take their time eating once and then on the next feeding swallow a feeder like they haven't eaten in 6 months. This will vary on the size of a feeder too. It took my girl here over 2 hours to swallow this rabbit. I think it was about the size of my dog. LOL I try not to get them so big anymore. I think it can be stressful for them if a feeder is too big.

Member Comment 2/20/2009 1:55:43 PM

Damn Jeff!  That picture is almost as disturbing as Arron's messed up Chondro babies.
Member Comment 2/20/2009 4:36:00 PM

That picture is awsome! Can I ask you were you get the rabbits?
Member Comment 2/20/2009 4:42:50 PM

Dang Jeff.  You sure that's NOT your dog in there?  ;)
I think it's so funny that they all have their little quirks like this.  I have two boy carpet pythons, one stays coiled for like 20 minutes before he eats, and the other one just latches on to the feeder's face and chugs it.  Doesn't even constrict sometimes.  It's hysterical. I just sit there and watch him go NOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM - GULP...More? More?
Member Comment 2/20/2009 5:33:44 PM

haha, speaking of this i've noticed that the dumerils i got doesnt actually constrict its prey, it presses it again the side of the container instead....very weird
Member Comment 2/20/2009 5:42:02 PM

I've read a couple places that woma's and dumeril's are known for going into a rat hole or nest and doing exactly what magsj387 said and using their body to squeeze them against the side of the tunnel, often resulting in highly scarred W/C animals, not that there are any of either of those species coming in anymore.  I have no idea if there is any validity to it, but I thought it was unique.  I wish I could remember where I read that....I'll try and find it.
Member Comment 2/20/2009 6:33:56 PM

Feed him some more.  If there is no bulge in the snake, he needs another one.  Of course, you dont want to feed him too much and make him fat and lazy, but if he will eat it he probably is hungry, and could stand to eat another one.  Its really fun to watch them eat.  If you feed live make sure you are prepared to stop the rat from biting your snake, as they can seriously hurt you snake.  Good luck. 
Member Comment 2/20/2009 8:48:24 PM

That photo isn' so bad. Have you ever checked out some of the feeding videos on youtube. LOL.My suppliers occasionally get in these huge rabbits I guess for 15 foot plus long snakes. I had a retic once that would only eat live guinea pigs and I couldn't get to convert. That was a costly snake to maintain because she was a 15 footer. I was in a hurry once and threw 5 pigs in her cage at once. She nabbed one of them and nailed the other 4 against the side of the enclosure suffocating all 5 at the same time. I was standing there wide eyed and jaw dropped.
Member Comment 2/20/2009 9:19:52 PM

To probably add to what you have already heard, my corn will take 3-5 minutes to put down a mouse hopper but my boa takes a good 20 minutes or so.  I do feed live as I am having problems with F/T right now that may add to the time.  But from my own snakes and others everyone if different.  Some are big pigs while others are dainty whimps and very picky.
Member Comment 2/21/2009 4:03:47 PM

I have some bp's that seem to inhale their food, but I also have some that like to take their sweet time. As for the part of your question where you stated that you couldn't even tell the snake had eaten, the general rule of thumb is to give the snake prey that is around 3/4 of the size of the snake at its biggest part. Maybe you should consider upping the size just a bit? Just don't go too big or you'll risk the chance of the snake either not eating because it's too big or if it does, there's the possibility that it will regurg--and that's never a good thing!
Member Comment 10/25/2009 9:38:28 PM

It all depends on the independent snake, also the prey item size makes a big difference.
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