I am often asked about what the Museum's live animals are fed. People are often curious about what we feed our Python, and when I inform them that he recieves an adult rat every two to four weeks the next question is; "do you feed him a live rat?" the answer can require some explaination.
The short answer is no. The long answer is that snakes such as pythons require feeding every two to four weeks. Frozen rodents (including pinkie and adult mice for crocodiles and adult rats for pythons) are delivered to the Museum and stored in a freezer until required to be fed out. When needed, the rodent is thawed and brought to room temperature before being presented to the python. This is done for the following reasons:
Some people who keep snakes such as pythons as pets, are excited by the idea of whatching their animal consume live prey. If you are considering getting a snake or know someone who is you might like to inform them of the above arguments that thawed rodents are best!