Should I breed mice or ASF rats?

So a little back story, I have a 7 year old ball python female that is a notorious mouser who only eats about 6 months of the year. She has been this way her whole life despite me trying all of the tricks in the book and triple checking her environment. I have to feed her four mice every week just to try to keep her weight up which is expensive and tiring so I’ve decided to breed feeders on a small scale. My problem is I’m not sure if I should stick to mice that I know she likes or try ASF since they are bigger so she wouldn’t need as many. Does anyone breed both? If so which would you recommend and why?


A buddy of mine breeds his own ASF and he has used them to get mousers to switch and has worked for the most part. The hard part though is just finding someone who sells them because my friend had to go out of his way to drive fairly far to buy some.

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I actually just found a guy with some who is only an hour and a half away so I think I’ll go with those. Thank you!

I see ASFs starting to pick up steam among hobbyists, I say go for it. I would like to do the same eventually as well.

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Maybe a very delayed message but it might still help. I had one girl only feeding on life mice and then out of four weeks maybe once. She drove me crazy. Gave her a live rat which she took after a very long stare but only once. I then gave her a live Asf and she didn’t wasted any time. The rat was gone before I knew what happened. Since then she never missed a meal even when shedding, life or death. An other girl who fasted for months around the 1000 gram wall I also got eating again with ASF’s. She also never missed a meal since then. I now started breeding ASF’s myself and it’s going great. I’m now planning on feeding one week ASF’s the other normal rats so they don’t get stuck on them. I have some that get only a little bigger than a mouse, and most really get quite big. Like around that 70 gram but they do seem to have more nutrision so my snakes are really growing well on them…by far more than on mice. So if you can get your hands on them I would for shure advise to switch to ASF’s if you can get them. And since the big ones are almost twice the size of a mouse and have far more nuticion you don’t have to feed a lot. I only give my snakes 1 per week. Hate to feed live or to kill them but what makes it better is that they never get to big so at least they can enjoy live for a longer time…and get spoiled a little…I even have running wheels and toys in their cage and fresh veggies every two days :smile:

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