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Old 01-26-18, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Baby Girl Will Not Eat

What do you do when you a boa doesn't want to eat? I tried to feed my grandsnake, but she would not have it. She does not eat live prey. I thaw and warm with hot water.

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-29-18, 03:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Baby Girl Will Not Eat

Luckily, knock on wood, all of my snakes are good eaters. I have read up on it a little just in case so I will pass along some tips that seem to be consistent.

1. Don't offer too frequently. If the snake doesn't eat, wait at least 5 days, if not a week, before trying again. Offering too many times in a row can stress the snake.

2. Don't refreeze food more than once

3. Don't change between rats and mice frequently. Some snakes get picky about the difference, even if we think it's the same thing.

4. Have your heat and humidity right

5. Feed in the habitat, not a speaker feeding tub. The moving back and forth can be stressful.

And lastly, watch for your snakes preferences. That's from my experience. All of my snakes eat a little differently. My rainbow boa won't eat if anyone is in the room. If you leave she will go right for it.
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Re: Baby Girl Will Not Eat

A few more details about your snake and setup might help. What are your temps/humidity like? How long have you had the snake? How old and how large is the critter and has it eaten at all for you? I always start with double checking my husbandry. If everything is on point there and the animal isn't sick I just wait them out. Snakes can go off feed for weeks or months during the winter, breeding season, or when settling into a new environment. I hope she gets on track soon. It can be frustrating when they don't eat but I wouldn't worry too much if she's not losing a lot of weight.
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A few more details about your snake and setup might help. What are your temps/humidity like? How long have you had the snake? How old and how large is the critter and has it eaten at all for you? I always start with double checking my husbandry. If everything is on point there and the animal isn't sick I just wait them out. Snakes can go off feed for weeks or months during the winter, breeding season, or when settling into a new environment. I hope she gets on track soon. It can be frustrating when they don't eat but I wouldn't worry too much if she's not losing a lot of weight.
^^^^^ All of this, We need a little more information. We need to know how your enclosure is setup, what your temperature and humidity levels are, how old the animal is and how long you've had it before we can really help. A picture of the setup will help too
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