I Would try a gerbil near last resort, again it's snake crack. At $20 a pop you do not want your snake hooked on only eating gerbils. Also from what I have seen gerbils are very aggressive and will attack your animal. Putting a timid BP with a live gerbil is not a good idea.
$20 for gerbils?! I got my pet gerbil for free and constantly see ads from people giving them away. I'm considering breeding them as f/t for my ball pythons someday.
considering my Normal has increased 26 grams in 12 days.... I wouldn`t be worried about it
Today empty he was 177
12 days ago 151
keep offering, sounds like he is winning to me
BTW this 4 day feeding schedule is insane
1.0 Normal (Diablo)
1.0 Platinum Lesser (Aurora)
1.0 Russian Blue Cat (Magnum)
0.1 House Cat (Porsche)
1.0 Australian Cattle Dog (Diesel)
0.1 Yorky (Mercedes)
2.0 Kids (Matt & Leland)
0.1 Wife (Jennifer)
No The wife and Kids do not conform to the Automotive type Names haha
Herp guy wants to assist feed but I know this 'spayshul' snake and that would certainly send him around the psychological bend.
[the thread about males during breeding season starving themselves to death has my anxiety in overdrive]
He has only lost 26 grams in almost 2 months, barely 5% of his body weight. There is absolutely nothing for you to worry about. Even though it can be very difficult to not worry at times!
IDK who this "Herp Guy" you are talking about is, but even thinking about assist feeding an animal in your male's situation would have me wondering about his knowledge and experience!
If his husbandry is good as you stated just keep offering him every week( or even every other week until he starts eating to cause him less stress). He will kick back in and start eating again for you with time.
I would not resort to trying to feed a gerbil. I would try an asf first. Gerbils are rather expensive. First try a rat crawler and see what happens. My male normal was on a feeding strike for 58 days. It took me offering him a live hopper mouse to get him feeding again.
X2 My little normal guy was on hunger strike for almost 90 days he lost about 30grams and it took a live hopper mouse to kick start him again. Now he is eating like a champ hope yours eats again soon
Last edited by RestlessRobie; 03-26-2012 at 11:07 AM.
2.0 Normal Ball Pythons Peek a Boo & Dezmond
1.0 Black Pewter Ball Python Pepe Le Pewter
0.1 Piebald Ball Python Slinky
0.1 Siberian Husky Danadog
2.5 Fancy Rat's Patch, Robin Hood, Lucky, Lucy, Bolt, Cinnamon, Patcheta
1.1 Great Kiddo's
0.1 Wonderful Wife
1.0 Awesome Dad (me)
When my rat eaters go on a hunger strike I will try a mouse or asf to see if they are just bored with the food they have been eating. Sometimes they will take it and go back to rats with the next feeding, other times they have stayed with the new food. Either way I have breeding racks set up for rodents. I have a few that haven't eaten for close to 75 days now and I am starting to get a little worried. I have had this happen before this time of year so I won't get to upset until after day 100.
Too many snakes to list. Ball pythons, Gtp's and Boa's. It easier to say it that way.