I have a ball python, Ladon, he's always been a picky eater as most balls are. He has always eaten live, if it didn't move he wouldn't eat it. We've had our issues, he had one rat that decided it was going to eat him and he ended up with a quarter size chunk missing out of his back.
Well, this past weekend I decided when I went to pick him up food from my local reptile shop that he was going to try a frozen rat this time. Warmed it up for him, put him into the tub(I don't want him to swallow his substrate) and tossed in the rat to give it some "movement" He smelled it, but was a bit more interested in exploring. Gave it one more nudge for another shift, and he struck it! Took him about 10 minutes to get it down and swallowed.
So proud of him, and happy that I'll be able to save money and time and that he'll be safer.