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RE: Pt 2.

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Posted by: OrangeHeterodon at Mon Mar 24 11:47:07 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by OrangeHeterodon ]  
   

Mind they are naturally thin snakes. At 20 inches, nose to tip of tail, a healthy one is about the width of a No.2 pencil. Ribbon snakes can and will OVER eat. I use to have a communal tank of 11 juvenile Eastern Ribbon Snakes. One of my females ate so many cricket frogs that she had one in her mouth, still kicking, because she physically could not swallow any more. I had to pull the live one out and then the first dying one that I could reach and put her in a different tank and then get a different one to eat the dying one via a pair of feeding tongs haha. A good size food item is 2 times the girth of the snake at its mid-body. These are good and filling and will allow the snake to grow at a steady and health pace. You can easily see where in the body the food has stopped either because its in the stomach or being blocked by more food. From experience you have some wiggle room with getting the amount of food to give the snake correct. I always kept the food in a separate enclosure (fish) and would introduce some frogs about once a month.


   

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