How To: Switch from live to frozen feeders

How to switch your Snake from Live to Frozen Prey:

Getting your snake to switch to frozen food is a fairly simple task. There are many reasons that feeding frozen food is the best option.

Making the switch from live to frozen means youíll want to have a few items handy:

Rubber gloves (remember to avoid latex if you are allergic to it)

Feeding tongs or hemostats (ask your local pet store)

Ziploc bags

A container that you can sacrifice for your snakes

We've†found the best method for getting our snakes to eat frozen is as follows:

  1. Make sure the snake is hungry. Skipping a feeding for a week will help out with this.

  2. Thaw out the frozen prey by putting it in a Ziploc bag and submerging it in hot tap water. (refer to our section on how to thaw frozen feeders)

  3. Place the thawed prey in the thawing container after emptying the water and set it right next to the snakeís enclosure. Leave it there for about 30-45 minutes. This is called pre-scenting the room and it basically gets the snakeís attention.

  4. Wait about 20-30 minutes with the room being pre-scented and then hold the rodent up to a heat lamp for about 10 or 15 seconds. You donít want to cook the rodent at all, only heat it up a little bit. Snakes that hunt by heat detection will appreciate your efforts as well as those which hunt by smell.

  5. Present the rodent to the snake using the tongs. Donít jam it in your snakeís face; let the snake come to the rodent. It can take several minutes before the snake investigate. All the while hold the rodent with the tongs and donít just throw it in the cage and leave. Once the snake is interested in the rodent and is approaching move it around a little with the tongs. That will give it the appearance of life. We canít honestly say if the snakes care one way or another but it seems to help in most instances.

Remember, patience is a virtue and it will eventually pay off.†We've†sat there for 2 hours playing ďcat and mouseĒ with the snake and the rodent at the end of the tongs before the snake either ate or crawled off into its den. If the snake strikes and eats great, but it might not happen the first time.

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