By clutzirella - 07/08/2015 06:32 - United States - Bradenton
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the snake is not dead or bitten. I knew what I was doing and the rat is dead and eaten. they were all buddy for a matter of 20 minutes.
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Only if you video it for entertainment purposes. Some snakes will only eat live food, if you didn't offer it live food to eat it would be classed as animal cruelty. It's only supposed to be done if your snake regularly refuses frozen thawed food and you feel its a last resort.
maybe next time you should feed your python dead rats, if live ones are actually dangerous.
Live are okay if they have been fed live since the start, but you should never leave a live rat in with the snake for more than a day or so because the rat can harm the snake. If you have never fed live before, I wouldn't recommend it as your snake may actually not understand that it is food right away. Hopefully when he gets hungry enough he will figure it out and eat it, but make sure you keep an eye on them and if he hasn't eaten it in a couple days, take the rat out and try again with frozen.
I don't know who taught you how to feed your snake but do not leave it in for more than an hour. And that whole hour you should be keeping an eye on it. If you leave it in for longer than that like days like you say then your snake will most likely be injured or dead by the time you check back in on it
some snakes won't typically take frozen/thawed initially, some won't ever and some will only eat f/t no matter what you try. saying you don't care about the natural order of things is more concerning than anything else actually. you can't rewrite nature just because you don't agree with it.
I don't know much about pythons..but if your python is only 4ft long, maybe feed it a mouse next time instead of a rat?