A bag of frozen rats was just what Stephanie Lane needed, and the cooler full of dead rodents attracted her attention.
Lane’s pet snake, Luna, devours rats, but Lane prefers feeding the serpent dead rodents over live ones. At a reptile show in Greenville recently, she was quick to visit the table selling snake food – for the most part, rats.
After she buys a bag of rats, Lane says she goes through a routine to prepare a meal for her snake, a yellow ball python.
“I set them out the night before’’ a snake feeding, the Taylors resident said of the rats. “I get a bowl of hot water and put them in there and let them thaw.’’
Then, she said she dries the rats “with a hair drier. I’ll take it upstairs and dangle it for her.’
Frozen rats are big business for some people, who raise the repulsive rodents just for sale as snake food. From a warehouse in north Georgia, Feedersource.com, raises rats and distributes them nationwide, via internet sales. The company also visits reptile shows routinely to directly sell rats to snake lovers.
The Feedersource booth featured all sizes of rats for sale, from “pinkies,’’ tiny hairless infant rats to big furry rats advertised as “mammoth’’ rodents. A nine pack of mammoth rats costs $63, while a 50-pack of pinkies costs $62.50.