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    Question Whats a good mouse ratio

    I currently feed my little one 70% trout/worm and 30% pinkies.Is that ok?
    What ratio of mouse does everyone feed?
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    Everyone and his grandma has an opinion on what a good ratio is. I've had snakes on ratios varying between 10% and 90% and so far I've only seen differences in they type of feces they produce. I'd love to see a properly conducted study on the matter, but I'm not keeping my hopes up.

    To answer the first question: I wouldn't expect any problems with that 70/30 diet.
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    About once a month for adults.
    one feeding in 4 for little ones eating several times a week.

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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    I do close to a 90% rodent diet with the other 10% consisting of worms, tilapia, and the occasional guppy. It has worked well for me and I see great growth and healthy looking snakes
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    I like my main whole-food protein to be fish, but I try to give them a mice every two weeks or so. I usually do their big meal once a week, where I give them either mice or fish, then some worms as snacks in between. Your ratio sounds fine.
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    I was told that a high rodent diet can lead to abnormal fat deposits.Could it be the individual more than the diet?

    I'd love to conduct a study on the subject when I go to University.
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    I think that would be a great study too. I really go back and forth...depending on what is most available to me and what I can afford...but I always try to mix it up with alternating feeds between mice, fish, and worms. Right now I would say that my snakes get worms more that anything...and then an equal alternation of pinks and fish. I might feed worms for three feedings and then feed pinkies and then fish and then worms again. I did two feedings in a row of pinkies recently because it was just easier to do with my time constraints. I think your diet sounds fine though.
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    I would say that I use mice half of the time, fish or worms the other half. Variety is key!
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    Worms 60%
    Mice 20%
    Tilapia 20%

    When I have more money for mice it changes.
    Worms 40%
    Mice 40%
    Tilapia 20%
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    Re: Whats a good mouse ratio

    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan-A View Post
    To answer the first question: I wouldn't expect any problems with that 70/30 diet.
    I agree. Sounds fine. But I also wouldn't expect any issues with 100% rodents, or mostly rodents and small percentage of fish/worms.

    And I've kept northwesterns for years on nothing but worms/slugs and they do just fine.

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