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Old 11-02-17, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any advice on how to switch a BP to eating f/t

My almost 2 month old babies refuse to eat f/t rats. I have 3 new babies, 2 of them ate live rat fuzzies but my feisty piebald that wonít stop attacking everyone doesnít eat anything at all haha she just bites the rats the same way she bites me and letís go. Iím going to try offering her rat pinkies tonight. But anyway my Mexican black and my other adult ball python never had an issue eating frozen. Iíve had them for almost 5 years and Iíve never once had them reject a meal. Everytime they donít eat I find myself with a pet rat which im not too happy about. (Iím gunna give it to my friend who feeds live to offer to his snake) Iím not used to feeding live so Iíd like to switch them over ASAP. Any tips on how to do that?
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Old 11-02-17, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Any advice on how to switch a BP to eating f/t

Try warming up the rats to the point that they are hot using hot water. This will make them irresistible to the snake. But don't boil them, just place them in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes until they are hot to the touch. Then dry them off with a paper towel and give them to your snake as fast as you can. Most snakes will not bite after they have been picked up, so try to be assertive and pick up the snake right away to let it know it is not feeding time. Additionally you can use a roll of paper towels, or a snake hook to calm the snake down.

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Old 11-02-17, 10:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Iíll try that thanks! I hold her quite often to try to get her used to being held. But she bites regardless. She bites whatís in front of her and she never ever latches on. Itís like sheís scared and trying to defend her self. When I open her lid sheíll strike, if Iím holding her sheíll strike at my other hand if itís in front of her. Maybe she just needs time to adjust to her new home
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Old 11-02-17, 10:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would recommend not bothering her for about a solid 1-2 weeks, believe me I know how hard this is. This will help her become comfortable with her environment, then the handling process can begin. Additionally make sure her temps and humidity are right, this could make her more prone to biting if she's stress.


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Old 11-02-17, 10:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Right after she actually eats Iím doing that! I wonít handle her or anything Iíll just take bother her when itís time to feed and then Iíll leave her alone to adjust. Iím a little scared cus the Breeder I bought her from said she ate the day before I bought her, but she never pooped. So I really donít know how long itís been since sheís eaten. Iím not too worried because she weighs fine and sheís chunkier than the other ones. But temps and humidity are perfect!
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Old 11-02-17, 10:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Awesome! I would definitely check to see if she leaves any waste in the nest couple of days, it is slightly worrying. Please contact me in about 5-6 days if you still do not see any waste product.
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Will do. I personally think she didn’t actually eat the day before like he said. He just didn’t want to tell me she’s a picky eater just in case I would change my mind. I’m hoping that’s the case. (By the way it’s already been like 2 weeks since I got her, and no waste.)
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Has she eaten at all in that time period? There is a condition that would both not cause her to eat and not produce waste, which can be pretty worrying. Please get back to me today after you try to feed her.
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She hasnít eaten at all. I will update you thanks!!!
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Re: Any advice on how to switch a BP to eating f/t

It sounds like your snake is still acclimating to it's new environment. I agree with DJC. Make sure your temps are dialed in and give her time. Try offering food every 10-14 days until she eats. I also wouldn't handle the animal until it's eaten 2-3 times consecutively except for cage maintenance. Hopefully she'll get on track soon.
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Old 11-02-17, 01:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Any advice on how to switch a BP to eating f/t

My P regius proved to be a bit fussy. I'm the end I found just leaving a mouse just outside her favourite hide did the trick. Popped it in by the entrance - didn't even try and get her attention or anything - just left it there and it was give in the morning.

She seems quite happy with this arrangement
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She seems quite happy with this arrangement
I would be happy to find a pizza on my doormat every day as well
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Re: Any advice on how to switch a BP to eating f/t

When in doubt starve them out. They'll eat eventually. Start by offering the first one 2 weeks after the last feed. If you wait long enough they'll get hungry. I would couple this with danny's trick, if I'm a rush and don't have time to deal with shaking and striking and all that BS I'll just set the mouse in the cage and leave. With mine I'll put it on a decor item or something to let them find it themselves but doorway to the hide works as well for a more direct method.
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Old 11-03-17, 03:42 AM   #14 (permalink)
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So the no one had any live pinky rats. But they will have it tomorrow!
First time I tried feeding all of them f/t I tried leaving the in the tub with them. None of them took it. It seems for now they only want live but Iíd never leave a live mouse in the tub. Iíll update tomorrow!!
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Re: Any advice on how to switch a BP to eating f/t

Hey I wouldnít mind a pizza at my door either. But apparently my snakes donít like being spoiled
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