New Mouse strain (was: Feeding 2 mice to 1 snake)

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New Mouse strain (was: Feeding 2 mice to 1 snake)

Post by David P. Trac » Sat, 02 Jul 1994 05:51:40



There's been much discussion here of how one stuns a mouse, how to kill
food items, and what to do with snakes that simply will not take
pre-killed items.

Well ok here's a little mini-poll for you all.  Do people think there
would be interest in a new strain of mouse that is toothless?  These
would be normal in all other respects, but could be fed live to snakes
with no possibility of the snake being bitten (or worse).  They could
even safely be left in the snake cage overnight.  By the way, they would
feed on rodent blocks/chow that's been soaked in milk to the point where
they get crumbly.

Any interest in these hypothetical creatures?  Would people be willing to
pay a little more for them than standard rodent fare?

-DT

 
 
 

New Mouse strain (was: Feeding 2 mice to 1 snake)

Post by David Rus » Sat, 02 Jul 1994 07:52:58



|> ...
|> Well ok here's a little mini-poll for you all.  Do people think there
|> would be interest in a new strain of mouse that is toothless?  ...
|> ...
|> |> Any interest in these hypothetical creatures?  Would people be willing to
|> pay a little more for them than standard rodent fare?

OK, tell us that you haven't been watching Jurassic Park too many times.

How "hypothetical" are these creatures? Did you dream this up, or are you
REALLY onto something here?

If this project is successful, how about inventing a rat that smells exactly
like a mouse (for those stubborn few snakes that refuse rats). Perhaps a
rat/mouse hybrid - and you can make these toothless too if you want :-)

|> -DT

-DWR :-)

 
 
 

New Mouse strain (was: Feeding 2 mice to 1 snake)

Post by Rebecca Sob » Sat, 02 Jul 1994 08:46:25



 (David P. Tracer) writes:

  >> There's been much discussion here of how one stuns a mouse, how to kill
   food items, and what to do with snakes that simply will not take
   pre-killed items.

   Well ok here's a little mini-poll for you all.  Do people think there
   would be interest in a new strain of mouse that is toothless?  These
   would be normal in all other respects, but could be fed live to snakes
   with no possibility of the snake being bitten (or worse).  They could
   even safely be left in the snake cage overnight.  By the way, they would
   feed on rodent blocks/chow that's been soaked in milk to the point where
   they get crumbly.

   Any interest in these hypothetical creatures?  Would people be willing to
   pay a little more for them than standard rodent fare?

   -DT <<

Interesting question.  What about toothless rats.  My snakes all eat rats; the
rainbow boas eat medium size and the python eats 'em as big as they come.
The python is perfectly happy with rat-sicles, (just no bunnies thank you)
but the boas have shown a definate preference for live food.  While this
isn't a problem with smaller rats, once they (the rats) get to medium size
and larger I get worried.  Usually I get someone else to stun my rats for
me because I have tried all the techniques for killing rats and have ended
up with some very mad rats, but have never managed to kill one.

I can see where feeding these hypothetical critters could be a problem.  How
much more do you suppose they would cost over the standard varieties?

--
Rebecca Sobol              * "No one knows where the night is going

http://www.atd.ucar.edu/rdp/ris.html     *    Leonard Cohen

 
 
 

New Mouse strain (was: Feeding 2 mice to 1 snake)

Post by Anthony D'At » Sat, 02 Jul 1994 12:27:45


The claws would still be troublesome.
 
 
 

New Mouse strain (was: Feeding 2 mice to 1 snake)

Post by David P. Trac » Sun, 03 Jul 1994 03:14:37


Quote:


>|> would be interest in a new strain of mouse that is toothless?  ...

>How "hypothetical" are these creatures? Did you dream this up, or are you
>REALLY onto something here?

They actually aren't hypothetical at all - I've begun breeding them.  I
intend to use them for my indigos which will currently not take dead food
and also are not constrictors (making the likelihood of injury by mice
that much greater).  Right now, I'm only producing enough for personal
use, but my post was intending to test the water in terms of demand
without opening a potential floodgate of requests.

Quote:
>If this project is successful, how about inventing a rat that smells exactly
>like a mouse (for those stubborn few snakes that refuse rats).

I smell a rat?

-DT :-)