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piebaldlover 13-11-2012 09:44 PM

basics of feeding a royal ?
 
Hey guys
after a smidge of advice :blush:
Having just got my 1st royal I was wondering how I approach feeding her?
Ive been informed shes strike feeding one jumbo a week at present and has a slight spider wobble so may have to take it quite close to her to strike ??
I presume I do this using tongs and is it literally a case of holding it near her and she,ll become aware due to the smell and strike ?
Also I have read different things in regards to weather to feed in the viv or in a feeding box the shop I got her from (who I must say are fantastic ) feed in viv ,
sorry to sound silly just wanna be sure as I know they can be fussy at the best of times without me confusing her lmao!!!

Drayvan 13-11-2012 09:49 PM

Yup bang on, make sure the food is nice and warm and offer it to her with some tongs...she'll know its there ;)

As for the in tub/viv question, my snakes have preferences, 1 won't eat outside their viv, one has too strong a feeding response to safely remove from the viv anyway to feed :lol2: the other 2 come out into a different tub to feed :2thumb:

snakesandscales 13-11-2012 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by piebaldlover (Post 10695156)
Hey guys
after a smidge of advice :blush:
Having just got my 1st royal I was wondering how I approach feeding her?
Ive been informed shes strike feeding one jumbo a week at present and has a slight spider wobble so may have to take it quite close to her to strike ??
I presume I do this using tongs and is it literally a case of holding it near her and she,ll become aware due to the smell and strike ?
Also I have read different things in regards to weather to feed in the viv or in a feeding box the shop I got her from (who I must say are fantastic ) feed in viv ,
sorry to sound silly just wanna be sure as I know they can be fussy at the best of times without me confusing her lmao!!!

Strike feed using tongs. If she has a slight aim problem move the prey slowly and deliberately to give her a better chance of not missing. Try and stay within 8 inches of her head to give her a decent strike range.

piebaldlover 13-11-2012 09:57 PM

fab!!!
thanks guys for that put my mind at rest :2thumb:
so I guess with the to feed in viv or not feed in viv its down to her really and just judge it as we go :)

snakesandscales 13-11-2012 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by piebaldlover (Post 10695209)
fab!!!
thanks guys for that put my mind at rest :2thumb:
so I guess with the to feed in viv or not feed in viv its down to her really and just judge it as we go :)

Aye, I have two snakes that feed out of viv, all the rest (including all my past animals too) feed in viv.

piebaldlover 13-11-2012 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by HerpHunter63 (Post 10695216)
Aye, I have two snakes that feed out of viv, all the rest (including all my past animals too) feed in viv.

cool thats good to know :)
and how do you judge what size mice your feeding and when to increase size ?
as I said above shes on jumbos at the mo once a week and shes just under 500g ,
tah for all your advice though :)

Drayvan 13-11-2012 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by piebaldlover (Post 10695286)
cool thats good to know :)
and how do you judge what size mice your feeding and when to increase size ?
as I said above shes on jumbos at the mo once a week and shes just under 500g ,
tah for all your advice though :)

I go by the 'whatever leaves a slightly evident bump in the snake' method. Although the general guideline would be 10-20% of the snakes weight. So at 500g she would eat a 50+g mouse :)

snakesandscales 13-11-2012 10:19 PM

As above.

He summed it up well.

langerspies 15-11-2012 08:56 PM

I would be trying small to large rat weaners as 50g mice are a pain to get hold of and an adult will need a fair few at a time so it would be better if you could get em on rats. Maybe dip the head in some hot water for 15 secs then dry before offering,will give em something to aim for.

Drayvan 15-11-2012 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by langerspies (Post 10700400)
I would be trying small to large rat weaners as 50g mice are a pain to get hold of and an adult will need a fair few at a time so it would be better if you could get em on rats. Maybe dip the head in some hot water for 15 secs then dry before offering,will give em something to aim for.

Thats actually a good point, rats of appropriate size will be easier to come across in the future. Seeing as it's a royal though, I would wait until the snake has had a few feeds in it's new home before swapping food items, just in case this stops them feeding. I picked up my male royal in July and he wouldn't feed for me as I'd been offering him rats which my female ate. He didn't eat for some time until I bought him mice, which he recognised as food. This week (Sunday) was only the second time in a row that I had managed to get him to take a rat since I first got him. So I'd be wary of swapping prey items until they are settled as feeding 2/3 mice a week is better than a non feeder. But you are quite right, rats are much much easier to get and it's been knocked around that they are better for the snake. :2thumb::2thumb:


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