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"Here's some information that I have learned while I bought my B. boehemei. I don't know if some of you feed mice to your Ts but if you do it's not a good thing. The breeder/biologist told me that they don't have the enzymes to digest the bones, cartilage and fur even if it's a pinkie. I have asked because I wanted to give my Ts a pinkie thinking that it was very nutritious for them. She also told me that even in the wild they don't eat small mammals or small birds, it could happen but in the 15 or 20 years that she has observed them in the wild, she hasn't seen one eat that type of food. Ts have a very slow metabolism and it's hard for them to digest mice or birds. Also, a high dosage of calcium can cause shedding problems. Also, an adult mouse can injure the T by nipping and clawing its legs or abodmen while it's beeing captured. Even injected with venom, mice can have enough strength to defend itself. Any predator can be gravely injured by its prey. PF"

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