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Small pinks Should I feed 2???

TigerLilyLeos
09-12-2008, 02:39 PM
Hi I'm new at this whole thing so bear with me please. Last night I fed my new snake for the first time. before hand I weighed her (4.9 g) and got length of about 10.5 inches. I had 6 frozen pinkies, supposed to be 2+ grams, I weighed them 1 at a time to sort out the sizes, and 2 were only 1.5g, 2 were 1.8, 1 was 2 and another was like 2.1, but anyways, I thawed and fed one of the 1.5g ones, at 6pm last night she ate it great with no problems, well this morning I checked on her and its only been @15 hours and i really can't see much if any bump.

my question is since these pinkie are so small should I feed her the 2 smallest ones 1.5g and 1.8g next time I feed?? I don't want to over do it but I want her to get enough,
here is a pic of her and the pinkie it doesn't look 1.5 times her diameter to me what do you guys think? the other pic is from this morning and what I think is the bump its the best I could find anyways

Susielea
09-12-2008, 05:45 PM
Here's a link to a good feeding guide that should help :)

http://www.cornsnakes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50106

I personally wouldn't feed a hatchling that weighs 4.9g more than one prey item, as I wouldn't want to risk a regurgitation of the meal, the picture you posted looks just about right to me :)

Hope that helps,

TigerLilyLeos
09-12-2008, 06:08 PM
Thanks, I actually already had that chart saved as a word document :)
I guess I'm just unsure of what I'm doing lol, the only other snake I've ever fed is our 5 foot adult male snow at school and it is obvious that the mice he's eating are not an issue. i guess I'm just paranoid to make sure I take care of her the best I can

jpccusa
09-12-2008, 06:10 PM
I guess I'm just paranoid to make sure I take care of her the best I can

I hear you! :awcrap:

Susielea
09-12-2008, 06:25 PM
You sound pretty normal to me and you're doing fine, just don't try to over analyse everything, relax a little :)

sarcare
09-12-2008, 06:54 PM
She is only 4.9g? She looks lots bigger then that! Snakes are hard to gauge size from pictures--but I find my little ones hard to wiegh because they are so squirmy.

Susielea
09-12-2008, 07:12 PM
She is only 4.9g? She looks lots bigger then that! Snakes are hard to gauge size from pictures--but I find my little ones hard to wiegh because they are so squirmy.

Have you tried weighing a box/deli cup with a lid, then weigh the snake in the box, then subtract the weight of the box? I find that easier and it doesn't stress them as much, because I'm not constantly trying to retrieve them :)

sarcare
09-12-2008, 07:17 PM
I put the tare on and then put them in the cup, with the lid on, but because they are pushing up at the lid and moving around the weight flicks back and forth between different weights.