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Eli - 2012-01-08
Well I got a 3-4year old Ball Python and he/she has not eaten in almost 5-6 months.. why could this be? Someone please help me? I'm scared and I just want Bob to start eating again. Makes me sad.. I'm able to hold him/her all the time but I put a rat in the cage he/she wants nothing to do with it so any ideas tips? Would be great! Email me if possible imolius@live.com or leave reply thanks Eli

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  • dez - 2012-01-16
    Put the mouse in chicken broth because ball pythons are picky eaters especially if you change their food from live to dead.
  • Lucylemonpip - 2012-01-18
    I always feed my Royal in his vivarium, but before feeding him, turn off his viv bulb a few mins beforehand. Once his mouse is fully defrosted, I pop it into some very warm water for a few minutes, so that it warms up, but is not hot enough to harm my snake when he eats it. By turning off the viv light and warming up the mouse, I feel that my Royal's heat pits can easily detect the prey item, and that he doesn't get confused by the warmth of my hand or the heat from his viv bulb. Since feeding him this way, I've never had a problem with my Royal eating. Also, I make sure that he is hungry and only feed him every 2 weeks.
  • james meyers - 2012-05-23
    If your snake hasn't eaten somtimes they will be stubborn and not want to eat. They also hidernate from eating at certain points. They do this because they either may be ready to shed or they just don't want the animal you are trying to feed him or her
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-23
    I would bring it to the vets office. There are so many things that could be causing it not to eat. Environment, choice of food, parasites, shedding issues, etc....
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gypsy mills - 2012-05-07
I bought my husband a seven month old red tailed boa recently. It's the youngest snake we have owned so I'm not sure the proper feeding schedule. Our red tailed boa is approximately 3 feet long but very thin.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-08
    Really depends on size of food. Once or twice a week is good for that age.
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BB - 2012-05-07
About 40 years ago I saw something that looked like a banded water snake in a pond in south Arkansas. The snake was at least twice as long and much bigger around than any water snake I have ever seen. I was nearly as long as the 8' homemade boat I was paddling and very aggressive. I only saw it once, but my aunt and uncle also saw it at a different time and confirmed the size.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    Wow! very cool... wonder what happened to it. Wonder if it had any kids too:)
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robert carver - 2012-04-10
I have had my ailbino sunkise corn snack for 6 years and if you do not leave his cage he will not eat for hours.

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dot - 2012-04-30
i have a three year old ball python. I fear he has mouth rot. Can anyone help me with a cure to this. He is one of our kids and we don't want to lose him. please help us.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    Mouth rot is normally secondary to another condition. A vet visit is really best. Antibiotics will most likely need to be injected. Mouth rinse will help ease it as well. I would leave most of it up to a vet.
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marcus zambito - 2012-03-28
i am an 12 year old and would reccomend this type of snake to advanced begginners like myself, they are acuallty really easy. I even breed them!

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tachi - 2011-03-13
I just bought a Albino Corn snake yesterday. His really only just a baby. He eats a just born baby mouse (Pinkies) once a week. When I feed can I play with him right after?

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  • Desirae - 2011-04-13
    It would not be good to play with your snake right after he eats. He can get nervous and either throw the mouse up or he could bite you. I got a corn snake about a month ago and I suggest waiting three or four days before holding him once you feed him. I hope this helped with your question.
  • Taylor - 2011-06-11
    I have had my corn snake for over a year and your not supposed to hold your snake after feeding for 24 hours. It will make your snake throw up the mouse and your snake nervous to eat again afterward.
  • anonomys - 2011-10-22
    No you should not it might upchuck the food or something bad like that you should wait at least a day or two.
  • Mikayla - 2012-01-03
    Well,maybe about 3-5 hours. Just remember,they will throw up if too active. Hope this helps ;)
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-28
    I have an albino corn snake born 8/2011. I bought him in early February of this year, the pet store told me to feed him 1 pinky every 2 weeks, I feed him 2 every 5 or 6 days, he eats the 1st in 15-20 but when I put the 2nd in he attacks and has it digested in under 5. He also also eaten 2 of the next size up from Pinkys, but seemed to struggle so I thought 2 pinkys would be better. Will he grow much larger if I feed him this frequently? Or just get to his max length faster? Or neither? Is feeding him 2 pinkies/5-6 days average?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-28
    Really depends on the snake. Either way make sure you wash the scent of the mouse off your hands before handling. I would wait a few hours to a day if it is use to you holding it.
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Dee - 2012-01-12
I put my 5 ft albino rat snake who is all white in the tub to take off his shed and his skin stayed red when he ultimately died 3 days later. What does that mean. I have 4 more snakes usually soak them in water and help pull their shed off. Did I do it too early or something wrong?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    So sorry to hear about your snake. It sounds like you may have soaked it before it was ready to shed. Soaking a snake can help, but it is best used when there is a problem with shedding.

    Snakes are able to shed naturally when they are ready, and usually in one piece. They build up a liquid of essential oils between the old and new layer of skin. You can tell they are getting ready to shed because their skin color becomes dull and their eyes become clouded. In order to shed properly, they need to have adequate humidity in their enclosure. Humidity levels that are too low is the biggest cause of shedding problems.

    Sometimes snakes need help if part of the shed is not releasing. The problem with soaking is it robs the snake of these essential oils. When you soak a snake, they should only be allowed to stay in the water for 10 to 15 minutes at most. If that doesn't do the trick, then soaking will not work. The most important thing you can do, is make sure the humidity is kept at the proper level.
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John - 2010-07-19
I have three Sonorian Gopher snakes. Two males and one female, but my one male is not very friendly at all and will hiss and strike almost everytime I open his enclosure.

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happy - 2008-12-12
My family owns a beautiful RTB, we call him McSnakerson. We love him dearly. He has to be the easiet pet to have. However, when it comes to feeding time he can be very agressive. We feed him in a separate feeding area other than his home. We do this to pevent the possibility of him striking. Funny thing though, one time I moved him into his feeding box and he knew it so I began to get ready to put the rat in. McSnakerson kept striking the cage and as I tried to walk to another side to drop in the rat he had his eye on me and just kept following me. Needless to say I had to get someone else in the room to distract him so I could drop in the rat. McSnakerson is the perfect eater though, always ready and quick to it. He is my first reptile pet and my love for snakes has grown cuz of it. We now own a Ball Python as well. He on the other hand, is another story, but loveable just the same.

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  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    You should always use tongs to feed your snake. You should never hand feed your snake, your scent will mix with the feeder rat. I wait until he is in cool hide. I have have half top open,so he can see just the rat. I shake the cage a little, to get his attention. Then I slowly lower the rat to about 2 inches above the hide. He usually take it within a couple minutes. You should should also clean your feeding box with a pet safe cleaner like Zoo Med Wipe Out 1 Disinfectant. That will get rid of the rats smell.
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