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Baby Heinz

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Today I went in to look at the fuzzies.  (Unweaned baby mice that have grown hair, second size class of food mouse.)
They were way too big for Heinz, kahobi  said they looked more like hoppers (weaned baby mice, third size class of food mice.)
So I asked for the ten biggest pinkies (hairless, eyes still closed, unweaned baby mice, first size class.)

I have been having the feeling that Heinz might need to eat more, so today, for the first time ever, he ate three pinkies!  He looked so happy, and I think he burped after!  When I get a job, I might store them in a fancy thermos.  Instead they are in a plastic bag, in a bubble tea cup with ice on the bottom, and the cup is labelled "baby mice!".  (Following household anomolous materials protocol.)

I can't afford the super reptile wood chips, so I got him some hamster bedding.  Still aspen chips, but instead of being long and shinny, these chips are more like flat squares.  I guess it's like the difference between spaghetti and macaroni... not too different.  However, the skinnier wood chips emulate his natural habitat better than square chips, because they are found in corn fields (hence the name corn snake.)

No one uses straw as substrate, but I wonder if I can mix some in just to make things more "natural". 
Another "natural" touch is to serve the mice slighly warm to the touch rather than room temperatre, or slightly cool to the touch.  Because live mice would be warm.

He is getting closer to shed.  I can see the slight increase in waxiness on his head plates, and his scales are that touch more dull.  He looks a little bit bigger too.  His head is now a bit bigger than my pinky finger, while when I first got him, his head was smaller than my pinky fingernail.

  • Those fuzzy where huge, looked near twice the diamiter of Hinez little head. They also did not look nearly as cute as the last fuzzy I still took care of my old corn snake.

    He probably will shead with in the next two weeks. His eyes should go blue for a few days, then back to clear, then shed with in two days of that, probably just a day though.
  • Coast to Coast sells mice in bulk, frozen. If you get a 100 they are way cheaper than pet stores.
    • it not a bad idea, but the problem there is that I don't think Hinez will be eating pinkies that long, he probably will be graduated to fuzzies in two to three months...so thats around 30-36 pinkies. I can't quite remember 100% either, but if I do remember correctly as the snake moves into adulthood, the feedings go from weekly to monthly.
    • Thanks! I'm looking into it!
      • The mix and match they have dose seem like a good deal. I figured that it was just buying 100 units of one type of feed.
  • If you can't afford reptile bedding, you can use newspaper or old towels. Works too. Just have plenty of hide area.
  • I can't wait to see your cute snake again :)
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