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06-17-2007, 07:34 PM
I just got male and female western hognose ' When I was a kid I had easterns and a good supply of toads.

What attracted me to the westerns is they will eat pinkies.

Anyway...mine are about 6" long. How often and how much should I feed? The breeder said to feed asmany pinkies as they want once a week. So I fed 4 pinkies to each last night. The male was acting like it wanted more

06-18-2007, 08:14 PM
I would not feed like that, or they will get obese. Power feeding can lead to a multitude of issues. I would feed 2 a week until they are ready to move up to fuzzies.

06-18-2007, 08:39 PM
Hi Jenea

Good to see ya on the new hognose list

06-19-2007, 01:53 PM
What would you recommend for adults as far as feeding frequency and quantity?

06-19-2007, 06:31 PM
I feed my adults one hopper a week. If it is a gravid female, I up her food to twice a week, dusted with vitamins and calcium. The only one I feed small mice to is a female over 30" and over 250g. The reason for this is that I lost a female last year due to brusing her peracardium from to large a prey item. She had just been switched to small mice, and it was her fourth feeding when the injury happened. Not much you can do with an injury like that. The swelling squeezed her heart and lungs. It was just horrible.

06-20-2007, 09:25 AM
I'm sorry to hear about the loss. My female is 20-21 inches with fairly nice thickness to her. I feed her three fuzzies every 7 days or so. Does this seem appropriate, or is it too much?


06-20-2007, 10:58 AM
That sounds alright to me. Just watch her to make sure she is not getting to fat. If she starts looking like a football player with no neck, then you might want to back it down to two a week. :) What is her weight?

Hey you are not to far away form me, I am in the Pensacola/ Mobile area.

06-20-2007, 04:41 PM
I'm not sure what her weight is....I have no scale. :shrug01: She still has a neck, and is much more active than my male is. :willy_nil

About how far is that from the Shreveport area?

06-20-2007, 04:55 PM
About how far is that from the Shreveport area?
About 7 hours and 30 min.
Jenea, I don't know that that's "not far", it's actually pretty far.
I know no one asked me but... :shrug01:

06-20-2007, 10:43 PM
Anywhere you can drive to in a day is not far. 6 to 8 hours is easy. 10 hrs., now that is getting far. :hehe:

06-21-2007, 09:47 AM
My parents live 13 hours away in IL...that's a FAR trip, especially by car, alone. :yesnod:

07-07-2007, 11:23 AM
I've also heard where it can be beneficial to feed smaller meals twice a week especially for younger hogs due to a high metabolism?