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Sandy3154 11-15-2011 07:46 PM

Need some Red-Tail Advice
I recently got a red-tailed, who I named Sadie from a women in NY. I was told she is about 6 mo. old and eats 2 live mice every week. Well, I waited several days to let her get used to the new house smells (she has her original cage and her things) and proceeded to feed her. She ate one mouse. She has not eaten since then and I don't know if I should be worried. I have read up on this species and I don't know if she is "hibernating" because it's getting cooler or if she is stressed about eating or if she is finicky. She is very docile, loves being held, likes to chill in her her tree and water dish, and seems curious when a new smell or person is around her.

Is this normal behavior? I only have experience with two corns. My male is 4 yrs old and my female is about a year. They both eat frozen/thawed mice not live. I have attempted to give this option to Sadie, I have even "brained" both frozen and live mice. and it just seems to stress her out, she doesn't seem interested. I also tried feeding in a feeding container and in her cage.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! :confused:

tmmpin 11-15-2011 11:39 PM

Only feed her one mouse or rat that is properly sized. It should just be slightly wider then the widest part of the snake.
How long are you waiting between feedings? Once a week is the usual standard.
Also make sure you got some sort of hide. If the snake feels insecure it probably wont eat. Make you are also giving it a day a night cycle not just leaving the lights on.
Check your temps often.

Sandy3154 11-16-2011 12:12 AM

Yes, I have done all that. She has a hide, day and nite lites, temp ok. And I try once a week.......

DBG 11-16-2011 03:27 AM

When was the last time you fed? I only feed 1 appropriate sized prey and I do frozen/thaw. One thing I hav enoticed is that if the frozen/thaw is not up to body temp, then Storm won't take it. I also put a human heating pad under the feeding bin to keep the bottom warm so it's just not cold surface. I'll put the lid on, turn lights out and leave for a bit and she's usually got it down if she hasn't already started. I've also read that you can leave the prey overnight if you haven't done that either.

Another possibility is being in blue. Do you know when the last time she shed?

Sandy3154 11-16-2011 05:51 PM

she shed right after I got her and had a giant poop and then she ate. This is the only time since having her that she has done all of this. I got her Columbus Day weekend so about 5 weeks now.

BTW, good idea about the heating pad under the feeding container. :)

Greg Nel 11-16-2011 07:18 PM

I got a new red tail and she ate the day after getting her then seemed to realise her enviroment eas different and didnt eat for a month and a half. I then made sure the rat was the same colour as her first one and wham no problems since. Maybe this was a coincidence but perhaps look into it. Maybe she is just fussy?

WiccanWolf88 11-16-2011 07:21 PM

I feed Lucy every two weeks; right now, two unthawed hoppies. I use her old tank and it seems to be okay.
Every snake has their own personality; Sadie might still be adjusting to you guys. She also might get into a new rhythm with her new family.
As long as she stays as active as you say she is, then I don't think you have to worry too much.
Keep us posted. ;)

Sandy3154 11-16-2011 08:09 PM

Thanks everyone for your advise!

Would be a weird coincidence if they both ate right away and then not for a month and half! :eek: I will keep these suggestions and stories in mind as I watch her. I will keep you all posted.

DennyS 11-23-2011 12:56 PM

I had the same problem as Greg did.... I have one snake that will not eat mostly BLACK rats, she prefers WHITE! I have no idea why..... in all my years I have never seen anything like this. She also will not touch a guinea pig!! weird! lol

Sandy3154 11-30-2011 08:29 PM

Sadie Update
So Sadie is in a shed cycle. I am hoping after she sheds she'll eat!! :)

Dennis-crazy about your picky snake-lol!

I'll keep you guys posted......

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