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Old 06-18-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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So my ball python had freshly shed, was crazy hungry and decided to switch from mice to rats, because he's getting bigger. Well, he didn't even wait for me to set the rat down, and literally snatched it from my hand! So that was good, I was worried he wouldn't like the scent it somthing. About nearly done with the rat( took 40 min) he all of a sudden spit it all up. He was at the last part of the back feet and legs, and bam, spit it up. I let it sit for about 10 min. To see if he would give it another go, but no luck. Today he seems fine; hungry im sure. Possibly thwart was just too big? He's been on mice and the rat was much bigger, but i thought an ok size for him. He's a ball Python btw. What do I do? Go back to mice in a week
And wait a few feelings to try rat again?


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Old 06-18-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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Most important: Wait at least 10 days before you feed again. Regurgitation is uber-stressful on their digestive tract, and you want any potential internal scarring to heal up before you attempt to feed again.

There's any number of reasons for a regurge. If your snake is typically a good feeder, I think the more likely causes could be:
a.) he determined the prey item to be too large
b.) something spooked/startled him. Not uncommon for snakes to do in the presence of danger after a recent meal. After all, a heavy meal slows them down; they'll toss their cookies and amscray.

Was the girth of the rat any larger than the widest part of the snake?
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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Mike is spot in with the two most likely reasons it happened. As far as waiting a long time to feed again, I'd agree, somewhat, if it was a full regurge where the snake had swallowed the rat all the way into its gut and then spit it up, but the damage of a 3/4 swallowed rat coming back out was probably minimal and I'd say you could have fed it a small adult mouse almost right away. How big is the snake, a picture with the rat next to it for scale would have been best, or a picture of the snake with something like a ruler, dollar bill, or something for scale.
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The rat was altitude bigger, but I'm guessing just too big, ad when we feed him we give him lots of space so we don't spook him. Regardless, im going to wait a bit


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What size rat?
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When I had balls =p I wouldn't go by the width of their stomach, but by their neck, where the neck is smaller. So a ball that is the same width as my boa, I would give a smaller meal to. That was just me. If he was used to mice, I would have done a rat pup where it's bigger but not much bigger..... But like Kelly? said, what size? And then the guys covered everything else lol
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It was maybe the size of 2 mice, which I've fed him before. Not sure in size just a "small rat"


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eh, a "small" rat is probably pushing it for that guy, depending on what your supplier calls small (I've seen stores give people small rats that I would have considered medium-large) but maybe give it mice for another 2-3 sheds before trying a small rat again. Judging by the pictures, I am sure he can handle a small weaned rat, but play it safe, and stick with mice a little longer.
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Ok sounds good. Thanks guys. I've been stressing over this, but he seems to be ok. Maybe alittle butt hurt he hasn't gotten a good meal, but still ok


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So he's fine and eating well again. I think he was mad he didn't really get fed for so long because when I did feed him, he snapped at me pretty good (I hand feed, I know bad idea...)but alas he's so small it didn't leave a mark lol


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