I breed my own mice (just getting the colony established) and feed the mice
thawed frozen to my snakes. Although I have fed live to my snakes before,
it was only to get them established feeding (and was either pinkies or
hoppers, not ***s). I firmly believe that feeding live is dangerous for
my snakes and my snakes get plenty of excercise and "entertainment" without
the "fun" of risking one of my $200 boas to a rats teeth. Yes, snakes
capture and kill live prey in the wild, but they are NOT in the wild, they
are in captivity. Working as a biologist, I often see snakes in the wild
and they are often very scarred up--and the scars look like small teeth to
me. People will say-there are lots of horror stories out there (1 rat, 1
bite, dead 8 ft boa...), but IVE never had a problem". Well, however true
that may be, I've put a lot of money and emotional energy into my snakes,
and I don't want to deal with the risk! Also, I've read descriptions of
snakes eating carrion (dead prey) in the wild so it is also a natural
Regarding raising your own mice. Let me just get on my soapbox and say
first--mice are live animals and deserve to be treated humanely, so if you
are raising your own mice, keep in mind that they need time and energy just
like your reptile friends...
Mice colonies do have a particular smell, even when the cages are cleaned 2x
a week (the male mice's urine has its own odor and they love to mark their
territory :) I personally don't mind the smell, but some people complain a
lot. There are lots of web sites out there on raising mice--just put "mouse
care sheets" into a search engine and you'll get lots. Just remember, lots
of people out there are raising them just for pets, so don't offend them by
mentioning "feeder mice" --it makes herp people look bad :) you are welcome
to write to me if you need more info or have specific questions.
The mice can be easily killed in groups using dry ice and freezing them.
Store in double freezer bags to prevent freezer burn. Using frozen mice is
very convienient, because you can just pull out what you need for the night
and thaw and can store a quanity.
>I am investigating the possibility of starting a mouse farm. Actually
>expanding the one I have for my own snake. Can we start a discussion on
>vs frozen. What do you like and not like about your current mouse farm/pet
>store? How much do you buy when you do buy? How do you decide where to
>When you buy mail order how are they shipped to you?
>I would also be interested in hearing from current mouse farm owners who
>be willing to share information