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Q: How much do I feed my Jungle Carpet Python, and When do I know to increase the size?
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Young Link

In Relation To:

Epitome
I have heard that if you fed a snake heavily on some species they grow faster and longer overall. So all I wanted to know is if I can do this to my juvenile Jungle Carpet Python to get a longer male. I also wanted to know how much do I feed him to achieve this. Thank you for whoever answers this question and have a blessed day!

Points: 100
Topics: Feeding
Tags: Feeding, JungleCarpetPython
Species: Pythons > Morelia > Morelia spilota cheynei
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Accepted Answer 12/13/2008 4:46:04 PM

gfx
I'm of the mind that slow and steady wins the longterm health and longevity race. Also keep in mind that the larger the snake, the bigger enclosure you'll need and the bigger the prey item. Feed your snake a reasonable sized prey item once every 7-10 days and he'll grow at a slow, steady pace. JCP tend to muddy up as adults so I kinda like 'em to stay smallish as long as possible. Epitome is a very nice looking snake.
 
Member Comment 12/13/2008 4:58:39 PM

dalvers63
What you're describing is called power feeding and in the end is bad for your snake. You're best off to feed him one appropriate sized food item every 5-7 days (if he's under a year or so) than feeding him too much.
 
Member Comment 12/13/2008 5:16:01 PM

Kaiyudsai
I'm with gfx and Dalvers......Carpet pythons aren't one of those species. Carpet pythons are generally a slower growing snake than some of the larger species.... you'll just end up with a really fat carpet. Overweight snakes don't live as long as fit animals..... Slow and steady... I would say once a week for the first 2 years of it's life..... as it gets older its growth rate will slow down... then you can start feeding larger meals less frequently.......
 
Member Comment 12/13/2008 7:06:25 PM

REPTILEN1NJA
yea speaking of these thread my carpet only just went into shed its been over 3 months since his last shed. when i first got had him i had a few refuses but now he eats great every 7 days but still took him a while to hit his next shed
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