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Is He Still Hungry?
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:20 AM   #1
rweighell
Is He Still Hungry?

I've had Rusty for 2 weeks now and he's just had his second feed.

After the first (waited 7 days for him to settle in) he stayed pretty calm and relatively still for a few days.

However he has been very active after his second (6 days later), so I wondered if I'm leaving it too long in between? Or if he's just comfortable?

He was about a year old when I got him, and he's about 12 inches long but I can't weigh him as my scales don't go that low!

Thank you
 
Old 02-05-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
Twolunger
You didn't mention exactly what you are feeding him. If you are feeding him pinkies he can be fed every 5 days easily. I've got 4 month old corns that are already over 12 inches long.
 
Old 02-05-2018, 03:35 PM   #3
rweighell
My measuring was a bit off first time around, he's actually about 16 inches.
And yes, he's on pinkies. I'll feed him with 5 day intervals and see how he gets on. Thank you
 
Old 02-05-2018, 07:35 PM   #4
Karl_Mcknight
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I've had Rusty for 2 weeks now and he's just had his second feed.

After the first (waited 7 days for him to settle in) he stayed pretty calm and relatively still for a few days.

However he has been very active after his second (6 days later), so I wondered if I'm leaving it too long in between? Or if he's just comfortable?

He was about a year old when I got him, and he's about 12 inches long but I can't weigh him as my scales don't go that low!

Thank you
After a dozen twinkies, Oprah is still hungry too, but that doesn't mean she should eat another one. (LOL)

A year old and only 16 inches long???

Without weight, it's hard to say for sure, but I personally imagine a 16 inch corn snake weighing about 20 to 30 grams. That seems abnormally small for a year old to me, but I'll take your word for it.

If the snake is about 25 grams or more, you might be able to feed 2 pinkies of average size. Or a big one every 5 days.

The Munson Feeding Plan is loosely based on feeding babies about 13% of their body weight in food. (That's why weighing is important). So for example, if your snake did weigh 20 grams, you'd feed a meal weighing about 2.6 grams. This could be 1 pinky weighing that much or 2 that also total that much. Do not "Over feed."
 
Old 02-10-2018, 03:06 AM   #5
regnar
The best method is to try and test. In your next feed, wait for only 5 days and see how your snake reacts.
 
Old 03-07-2018, 04:55 AM   #6
rweighell
Thanks for your advice everyone, after a few feeds with 5 day intervals, it seems that he's just quite active in general, haha!

We've had our first shed (perfectly!) so back to normal feeding regimes now!
 

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