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caitlinandstu
07-28-2005, 08:38 PM
So although my husband and I have had our cornsnake, Benny, since March we have yet to use any kind of forum for advice or help concerning our baby boy! Now that he's 5 months and between 20 and 24 inches, we wanted to make sure we were feeding him appropriately. The gal at the store started us off on 2 pinkies once a week, but now we think he's ready to start chowing on fuzzies...anybody have anything to say about the issue?

Stix
07-28-2005, 08:50 PM
Hello! I think your suppost to go by the width of the snake not the length. you can feed the snake a mouse that is 1.5 times the width of the snake. You might want to wait for someone else to comment tho :)

debcash
07-28-2005, 08:50 PM
Welcome! It sounds like your off to a great start with you new corn!
The food size really depends upon the size of your snake...

Food item(s) should not be any larger than one and a half times the thickest part of your snake.
For young corn snakes they can have 1 or 2 appropriately sized items every 5-7 days.

I'm sure some others will chime in too. Hope that helps. Enjoy!

caitlinandstu
07-28-2005, 08:56 PM
we are going for it!!! Very exciting...defrosting as I type...will let you know how it goes...fingers crossed!

caitlinandstu
07-28-2005, 10:46 PM
All is well!!! He didn't even hesitate, in fact he grabbed it quicker than he ever has with the pinkies...normally he wanders around his feeding box and then goes for the them. As usual though he guzzled it down, he has never had any problems eating! Now I am wondering though...How would I know if he is hungry enough to eat 2? (not that I am eager to feed him til he bursts!)

kathylove
07-29-2005, 11:36 AM
Don't feed him 2 at a time until he has eaten one at a time of the new size for at least several meals. Let him get used to the new size before doubling the amount of food. Don't be in too much of a hurry to get him to adult size. Sounds like he is growing plenty quickly right now already. If you do go too fast to bigger size mice and he regurges, follow the regurge protocol FAQ on Hurley's cornsnake newsletter on the member forum area.

Sounds like you are doing great so far!

DdotSpot
07-29-2005, 11:49 AM
Cool! Glad to hear about the transition. Keep us updated :)