Originally Posted by haveyouhadyourteayet
Hey thanks for the reply Sathori!!
All I know of snakes and the purchasing of their food, I know for a friend who has a little ball python... She has a stack of 'How to care for your new pet mouse!!' pamphlets, from the store that sold her the snake. Every time she goes in, the employees guilt her about feeding live food, they're supposed to be pets, aw look how cute... You get the idea. It seems real irresponsible to me!!
Obv, if a store sells no snakes, then of course they're not obligated to sell feeders!!!
I don't guilt trip snake owners when feeding live mice, but when they have a snake that will eventually need rats, I do encourage trying to switch to frozen prey, simply because rats can be more aggressive and can harm the snake. Plus we don't have the room for multiple live, large adult rats in our store. We do have a number who feed frozen, some customers have snakes that refuse to eat frozen, then there's some guys who feed live because "it's more entertaining". I get the snake needs to eat, like every other animal, but when you feed live because you think it's more fun than frozen, that's when I get frustrated. Fancy mice make better pets than hamsters - far less aggressive. I always encourage feeding frozen prey if you can, but I understand some snakes refuse to.
That's my rant for the day lol I love all animals, big and small. I wish that all pet owners (whether it be fish, dogs, rodents, reptiles, cats, etc) would actually do the research into the animal they chose to bring into their home rather than blindly rely on what some unknowledgeable store employee tells them.