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Feeding Fuzzies

pauljordanuk
03-25-2002, 10:54 AM
Hi All,

I have a 3-4 month old Okeetee Corn. How do you know when to start feeding fuzzies. I know that most sources of info state that food item should be about 1 1/2 thickest part of body. Well this okeetee body is about this size, but takes ages to digest the fuzzie (approx 3-4 days & temperatures are fine). Does anyone know why its taking so long for Okeetee to digest. The snake has never had any feeding problems and takes food freely. Or should I revert back to pinkies, if so how many is sufficient ?? When feeding 2/3 pinkies the snake takes 2 days (ave.) to digest.

Thanks.

sue frederick
03-25-2002, 01:55 PM
The only problem with it taking longer to digest fuzzies is that you may get messy while holding him if you don't wait until after he defecates. It takes longer because there is more mass to a fuzzy than two pinkies. If you don't want to end up with a "pinhead" corn snake (that is where the head seems too small to go with the body), you need to increase the size of the food item when appropriate. As he gets bigger, the fuzzies will digest faster, though.
sue frederick

pauljordanuk
03-25-2002, 02:43 PM
So what age do you think that you should start with fuzzies is 3/4 months the average age ??

sue frederick
03-25-2002, 04:53 PM
Actually age doesn't really have anything to do with it, it is the width of the snake that does. If it looks like his belly is big enough to hold a fuzzy, that is when you switch. Or try to switch, if he cannot swallow it or if he regurges, then you go back to pinkies.
sue frederick

oreo1700
02-02-2005, 10:45 PM
keep going with the fuzzies. feed it one every 5 or 6 days and when it starts digesting faster give either another fuzzie, a bigger one, or more often.

JTGoff69
02-02-2005, 11:43 PM
I have 2 almost 6 mo old corns who are eating 2 lg pinkies as opposed to fuzzies. It's a big jump in size, and if you can aquire "peach" fuzzies, you might have more sucess. I've got 2 others the same age who are eating these and having no problems at all, but the two that are on lg pinks take quite awhile to ingest them and their heads aren't quite as big as the others. Corns grow at different rates, so you just have to go with whatever size your snake prefers.

KatieL
02-03-2005, 08:37 AM
Is this a 3 year old thread too??? Is my computer seriously out of whack or what??? mildly confused...

JTGoff69
02-03-2005, 12:04 PM
Dang Katie, you're right! Who keeps bringing them back up??