When it comes to feeding your snake, you need to stick to pre-killed food.
There are a lot of reasons that people prefer to give their snakes live food. One of the most common is they believe that a snake in its natural habitat could eat live food in order captivity they need to be given live food also. But it only took one incident for me to change my mind.
I eliminated the driftwood out of her cage but abandoned the plants indoors because she preferred to hide in them before she attacked. However, she made a fatal mistake. She managed to get herself bit, which caused her to puncture her lung. She died a couple of minutes later.
The main reason you need to abide by pre-killed food is for security reasons. Yes, 99% of the time your snake will look after the live food quickly and efficiently. Feeding your snake live food is an unnecessary risk.
There are other advantages to giving your snake pre-killed food. It’s more readily available in pet shops. The pre-killed animals are killed humanely and did not suffer. That’s unlikely to be the case when putting live prey in with your snake.
If you’re concerned about your snake not accepting pre-killed food, you’re likely unnecessarily worrying. It may take a few attempts to get your snake accustomed to pre-killed food when it had been on a live prey diet previously, but nearly every snake can be instructed to eat pre-killed food.
The process of feeding your snake pre-killed food is really rather simple:
1) Thaw your bark out in warm water for 30 minutes. Snakes won’t eat it if it’s frozen, so be sure it’s warm.
2) Dry off it.
3) Place the rodent in the cage.
4) If the snake appears uninterested, grab a pair of tongs and move the rodent around to make it look alive.
Snakes make great pets and can be companions for ages. Why risk unnecessary injury or death by feeding your snake live prey?