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Feeding Your Snake

Feeding your snake involves knowing not only what to feed, but when and how. Snake nutrition is fairly straightforward: snakes are carnivores that eat whole prey. In the wild, snakes generally eat live prey such as small mammals, birds, and other reptiles. When feeding your snake in captivity though, it is best to limit your snake’s diet to dead prey, since it is safer for both you and the snake to handle.

Most small captive snakes eat small mice, commonly referred to as “pinkie” mice. Pinkie mice are generally babies. Because they are not fully developed, their skeletons consist more of cartilage than bone. As the snake matures, the diet should grow as well. Mature snakes that feed on only pinkie mice can easily develop calcium deficiencies, since cartilage does not contain as much calcium as solid bone.

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