After two days of searching for this rat who was supposed to feed the python, and somehow snuck out of the box we were keeping it in, and into my purse to escape into my truck (long story), we caught him.
WE CAUGHT HIM!
[Back story/science: Reticulating snakes (pythons, boa constrictors, etc) - that is, snakes that eat their prey by biting it around the throat, squeeze it until it suffocates, then eat it whole - can't and won't eat when they're shedding because they're blind with temporary cataracts. It's kinda like when you get a bad sunburn and your skin turns white before it peels? Same thing. There's a white coating over the snakes eyes that blinds them, so they can't see their food to strike and eat it while they're shedding.
So when I recently got a small rat for our python, "King," to eat, and he just meandered around the feeding box - sticking his tongue out at the rat, but not doing anything about it - I knew it was bad timing. So we put the rat in a moving box in the kitchen, and waited.]Read More