Anyone who has a good number of snakes can agree that rodents are expensive! Like a lot of other breeders before me, I’ve alleviated this expense by maintaining my own rodent colony. I really enjoy doing this and take pride in my setup. I believe that in order to be successful and have maximum production, you have to be meticulous with the upkeep and also very alert to what is going on in the colony (old breeders, disease, rack maintenance, etc.). Twice a week I completely clean, feed, and water the rodents. It’s rewarding to think that with just a little ingenuity and hard work, you can feed your snakes and save some money at the same time.

My Setup:

These pics consist of both my old and new setup. I originally kept my rodents in a garage and I’ve since moved them outside into a shed. There is much better air flow and ventilation outside and my colony has thrived for the past year since moving them.

All of my racks are homemade. I use cement mixing tubs from home depot for the adult racks and I use large cat litter pans for the mom/birthing racks. I feed Mazuri 5M30 and my automated watering supplies come from For more information on the specifics of rodent breeding, please see my blog posts!