Feeding is a vulnerable time for owners of large snakes and it is recommended that there at least be someone else around when feeding to assist if necessary (most of these snakes only eat once every 10-14 days or less).

All these snakes are carnivores, and most experts recommend that killed prey be fed. Not only is it easier on the owner but there is no risk of the snake being bitten or otherwise injured by the prey (a mouse or rat can inflict significant injury on a snake if given a chance).