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Old 09-10-2008, 08:07 PM
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ASF Rats (DUW)

Just thought I'd share some pics of my ASF rat colonies.

These little critters are awesome, 70%* less odor than normal rats & they breed like crazy!

Currently I have 5 trios set up (1 male - 2 females) each female has a litter of approx 12 babies every 3 weeks.

Example of a breeding trio bin:



To make things easier I usually keep 1 "wild pattern" (just what I call them) male to 2 "half 'n half" females.

Example of a wild (they are not wild, I just think there fur color looks more realistic, like it would in the wild)

-note the stripe down the face as well on these ones, all have it.

half 'n half female:


Trio with about 20 babies underneath! Both moms nurse all babies.


I change their bedding every 3-4 days when babies are constantly being born. Longer duration between changing if there are no babies. As for food I feed them a mix of high-protein dog chow, sunflower seeds & mixed gerbil food. They also get fruit almost every day (whatever is leftover that day from what the tegus did not eat)

More babies! even a few day old pinkies mixed in (they all get along)

-note the baby rat on the top of the bunch, no pattern! love him He's going on to be a breeder with benefits.



Thanks for looking!
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:28 PM
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Re: ASF Rats (DUW)

They're so cute. I'm currently waiting for my trio to start producing, mind you they're still a little young, I think. The male's real big, while the females are significantly smaller, they've grown quite a bit since I got them too! Now just playing that waiting-game is all
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:33 PM
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Re: ASF Rats (DUW)

my rat supplier mixed asf with hairless...weird looking lil things....big ole eys and no hair...
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:43 PM
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Re: ASF Rats (DUW)

They are adorable!I have quite a few myself but I'm not real fond of them lol they are cute but that's about the only thing they have going for them lol Almost all of mine are biters and MAN are they FAST! LOL My snakes/lizards like them though!
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:57 PM
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Re: ASF Rats (DUW)

I have some trios that are totally friendly and others that will jump to bite your hand!

It took mine a while to start producing babies "on schedule" so to speak... I have 3 trios that are excellent while the other two kinda do their own thing.

I'm very happy I started breeding these guys tho!
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:36 PM
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Re: ASF Rats (DUW)

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my rat supplier mixed asf with hairless...weird looking lil things....big ole eys and no hair...
Hairless rats or mice. I was thinking rats would to big

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Old 09-14-2008, 05:47 PM
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Re: ASF Rats (DUW)

I used to have a few colonies of ASF rats, but their cuteness did nothing for me after I witnessed some babies, with their eyes still sealed shut, maul and kill another baby, and then eat it. All the while with smiles on their adorable little bloodstained faces. Their eyes weren't even open yet. o.O

And, I fed them mostly to ball pythons. During that time, every ball python I sold, I got complaints because they wouldn't eat at their new home. Balls REALLY hate transitioning off of ASF rats in my experience.

Just use them wisely.
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:11 PM
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Re: ASF Rats (DUW)

I havn't had any problems with them killing eachother. Just biting me sometimes!

I had a friend who had a super picky ball python that didn't eat for 4 months, I gave her some of my ASF's and now he eats everytime he is offered (weekly). So I think their desirability can also help sometimes, but yes I wouldn't start a BP on them unless they were always available to you.

I have one BP, he will eat large mice, medium rats & ASF's all no problem. As for me I feed them as part of my monitors, tegus & boas diet.
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1.1 argentina black & white tegu
1.0 columbian black & white tegu
0.1 oscilliated skink
0.1 northern alligator lizard (wild caught)
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