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Arctic Azure 01-24-2010 06:24 PM

This was really helpful. Haven't used it yet, but once I get my snake I'll be able to use it before any problems arise.

Zar 02-01-2010 05:35 PM

hey, great thread, just a head's up, the link to the shedding post is a dead the thread gone?

Carnathfd 03-27-2010 04:58 PM

Unique Situation
Hey all, i was reading through this thread and found it helpful, but doesn't seem to solve my specific problem. I have a corn snake, picked him up at a reptile show about 5 years ago, and he was just a lil guy then. Ergo, he's about 5 years old.

We've never had any problems with him until recently. He seems to have lost the ability to feed. It used to be every saturday we would feed him, but lately the following occurs.

He'll go after the mouse like normal and start to eat. However after about 3-4seconds, he simply opens his jaw and lets the mouse drop. I've tried wet and dry, even cut it open so the scent of blood would encourage him, but the same result every time. Would this be caused by some infection/disease? We're growing concerned because it's been a good 4 weeks since he last fed.

lovesnuffles 03-27-2010 11:51 PM

I don't think it's cause for concern. If you're really worried, take him to a vet. But snakes like to stop feeding during cold weather/breeding season and so it's probably nothing. Snakes can go a very long time without food. So unless he's dropping weight, there's nothing to worry about.

Aikidoka 03-28-2010 04:54 AM

Yup Yup
If you see significant weight loss, then I would worry. Or, if you want to forcefeed, you can blend the food, and **** it up into a childs syringe.Put that in the snakes mouth and veoala, rat smoothie. LOL

Sebb 03-28-2010 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by Aikidoka (Post 32402)
If you see significant weight loss, then I would worry. Or, if you want to forcefeed, you can blend the food, and **** it up into a childs syringe.Put that in the snakes mouth and veoala, rat smoothie. LOL

I drink those all the time...I mean....<.< >.> *Sebb runs away**

DodoBird27 03-28-2010 07:29 PM

Lol! Man, that brings up some nasty mental images!:eek:

Bluedon 06-10-2011 11:07 AM

New Ball Pythons
Just got Crusher and Jaws last week. Fully grown ball pythons. One had just shed .
Q: How often do they shed? Websites state what to look for prior to shedding and how to aid shedding but not any real timeline for shedding. Help please, Bluedon

lovesnuffles 06-10-2011 02:23 PM

Usually they'll shed every one to two months. If they're fully grown, they won't shed as often because they're not doing as much growing as babies.

DodoBird27 06-10-2011 09:37 PM

Yeah, babies will shed often, like every 1-2 months, because they are growing fast. Adults are barely growing for they might only shed a few times a year.

Sparcky 10-06-2011 09:59 PM

Apophis (the smaller red one) regurged today. I fed them yesterday and he took his pinkie just fine. I believe the problem was that it was just too big. It was hard to find them small enough. I know I have to wait a bit before feeding him again so his stomach acids can build back up. My question is, should I just wait for next week's feeding?

I have 2 mice about to pop, so getting smaller ones this time won't be an issue.

I know I have read on this but can't remember where and I just reread all the posts I could find on these forums. Sorry for the noob, and possibly repeated, question.


DodoBird27 10-06-2011 11:16 PM

Uh oh, poor little guy. I've heard you should wait two weeks to feed again, just to be safe. And if you can find a smaller prey. It's hard to get pinkies any smaller though so just get the smallest one you can find. Also, don't hold Apophis for like 48 hours to let his stomach settle and stuff. Hopefully it doesn't happen again!

lovesnuffles 10-07-2011 02:53 AM

Wait 3-4 weeks. That's how long it takes their stomach acids to build back up. If you wanna preserve the pinkies in their small size, you can freeze them and he should still take them just fine.

Sparcky 10-07-2011 06:33 AM

3-4 weeks seems like a long time for a little one barely bigger than a pencil. Poor guy :) It shall be done though. Thank you guys. I really appreciate the help :)

lovesnuffles 10-07-2011 03:27 PM

It seems like a long time, but he'll be fine, I promise! I made the mistake at the pet store of feeding a baby boa a mouse .... The thing was picky as hell and would only eat a white hopper .... Would not eat a pinky or fuzzy, wouldn't eat a brown or "fancy" ((those cute little white ones with the brown and tan spots)) hopper .... Only white. So after two months of her refusing food altogether, I finally said hell with it and fed her what she wanted, even though hoppers were too big for her ... She regurged, I made the mistake of feeding her a week later and her stomach like .... imploded or something D: That's when I did my research and learned about the 3-4 week rule .... I felt bad :( I had actually hoped to bring her home with me at one point .... She was either a hypo, or she was seriously the most gorgeous normal I've ever seen x.x Soooooooooo pink .......

BiranCoren 12-16-2011 04:11 AM


Originally Posted by gina83 (Post 5257)
My snake will not eat food is already dead, and i was wondering when I get ready to start feeding it rats what should I do? i don't want the rats to bite him and hurt him but I also don't want him not to eat because it's already dead.

Do not feed live. it is bad for your snake and incredibly cruel for the rat. snakes will always eat dead.

Thom 12-16-2011 05:58 AM

I have run into that exact same problem and the way I have found that fixes it is that I buy live and i euthanize them myself. I use CO2 in a chamber that I built myself. Because I euthanize them myself they are still warm when I dangle them in the vivs to feed. I just acquired a new boa the beginning of Nov and I was told that he absolutely would not eat dead. I fed him the same way I have been feeding my python and he has not had any trouble at all.
If you need plans and pics for a chamber just let me know and I will re-post it all.

DodoBird27 12-16-2011 07:40 AM

Biran, that was a really old post you replied to. It's from March of 2008.

frankywdmn 12-16-2011 07:49 AM

I don't think I've ever seen that user on here before. Haha.

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