> I think they are the same. I wouldnt feed the mice to the snakes if they
> mites. Thats just gross. I would treat the mice & the snakes with
> stuff. There is reptile ridamite & rodent ridamite.While I'm not a big
> fan I feel sorry for them if they have mites that bad. I mean can you
> imagine being covered in & living with fleas & not being able to get them
I feel sorry for the mice too. I was on vacation for
two months and my dear husband took care of all
the critters in the house during that time, so... the mouse
pens didn't get cleaned quite as often as I would have
cleaned them. If the mice had mites when I left there
were never enough of them to get noticed. I'm not
going to say bad stuff about my dh. He did a pretty
good job for someone who had never taken care of
the snakes before. He even wants to get one of his
very own, now. ;-) And one of his co-workers gave
me a free 55 gal vertical reptile tank. :-) So, as far
as I am concerned the man can do no wrong.
Now, there may be good reasons not to feed mite
infested mice to snakes... particularly if the mites
will infest the snakes, or if mites can spread internal
parasites (do they?). But as for it being "gross." <grin>
Predators eat diseased prey in the wild, more often
Anyway, I spent the morning (or at least part of it)
trying to find "prevent-a-mite". No luck. What is it
really called? Where should I be able to find it?
They didn't have any at PetsMart or at the other local
pet store. Do I need to go to the vet? There was some
"mite inhibitor" at PetsMart (Repti-Cal brand?) I
could go back and get that, I suppose. I didn't find
any rodent mite treatment at either place.
(I apologize to everyone for not paying better
attention when this stuff was explained before.
But *me* get *mites*.... nah. <groan>)
> > Do the same type of mites get on both rodents
> > and reptiles? My mice have mites bad.
> > I don't see any on the snakes, and I figure
> > that I'd be able to see them if any were on
> > the snow corn, at least.
> > I suppose the thing to do is get some of
> > that Prevent-a-mite (or whatever) and
> > treat everything just assuming the mites are
> > there even if I don't see them.
> > Is it safe for mice? And if it gets on the
> > mice won't the snakes end up ingesting it?
> > --Julie