I think it's great that you breed your own snake food rats. Because you KNOW they're treated right the length that they live. As a wildlife rehabber I always says that it's the QUALITY of life over the longevity. A rat could live 3 miserable years with a careless owner, while yours may live up to less than a year but have wonderful care
but 110 seems so much! when you say some are breeders, what does that mean exactly?
and how many rats do your snakes eat? i'm curious because they seem like pretty big snakes, but I know they must not eat often!
but anyways, props to you
and wow that picture is ADORABLE! i can't believe that's considered not big haha now i feel silly thinking my rattie was pregnant!
That's the exact reason we started breeding our own food for the snakes. I didn't want to support any pet store that treats their rats the way that they do. I love all my rats, even though I know some will be snake food, at least I can sleep easy knowing that they never ever suffered in their lives just to feed my snakes. They have huge home made cages, in their own "rat room". We don't skimp on their care just because they are going to be feeders. If one is sick, they go to the vet. When I say they all are pets, I mean it. They aren't ill treated at all. If we couldn't afford it, then we wouldn't do it lol. And we have 3 kids (my step kids) who help with socializing and playing with them every day. I'm kept pretty busy with the amount of pets that we have, not including the rats, lol.
What I meant was, some rats we do not breed at all, they are just
my pets. The other adults that we do breed, are also my pets, but they get bred occasionally. Take my rat Bonnie for example, she is so beautiful and has such a wonderful personality....BUT every time that she has had a litter, she has cannibalized her babies, so she is just a pet now lol. We don't put them down when they can't breed anymore, or if they aren't good moms, or if they don't get the girls pregnant, etc. They just become pets and are loved until old age. Also, Like my boy Max, he is a great pet rat, but he "shoots blanks" I think, because he has never gotten anyone pregnant. So he's just my big boy now and not used for breeding. Clyde is my main male breeder, he never fails, and knows what he is doing.
We have 3 snakes right now. One of them eats a medium sized rat once a week because she is under a year old, so she eats a bit more often. The other 2 are 2 years old. One of them eats a medium sized rat every 10 days and the other one eats a Large rat every 10 days. So they eat about 10 rats a month. But the rats need to be pretty big for them to eat, so it takes a while for them to grow to the proper size. The rats that we have right now that will be snake food are still growing to the proper size. Then they will be humanely PTS and then frozen. Our snakes are still young and not full grown, thats why they eat so often. When they are full grown, they will eat 1-2 X-Large male rats every 2 weeks.
Plus, I don't like to over breed my rats at all, they have at least 3 months before they are bred again. And I only breed them 2-3 times each, then they become pets. That's another reason why we have so many rats. You don't want to know how much food we go through, haha.
I hope that clarifies some things. If anyone has any more questions, feel free to ask, I don't bite.