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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Does the hide go on the warm side or the cool side? Is it ideal to have two identical hides in a tub (although it probably won't fit)?

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by DPlant View Post
    Does the hide go on the warm side or the cool side? Is it ideal to have two identical hides in a tub (although it probably won't fit)?
    a 6 inch plastic flower pot saucer will fit in a 6 quart tub, and is typically placed on the warm side.

    If not a 6 inch plastic flower pot saucer, a frozen dinner individual lazania plastic tray will do as well
    Last edited by Deborah; 12-03-2018 at 01:02 PM.

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by DPlant View Post
    Does the hide go on the warm side or the cool side? Is it ideal to have two identical hides in a tub (although it probably won't fit)?
    I use two pangea hides. They fit wonderfully and have great sizes. I did not have much luck with my snakes thermoregulating good with one hide so I used two of these hides.

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah View Post
    Every year especially when baby season is upon us, many people become proud new owners of their very first hatchling Ball Python, sadly more often than not the excitement often turn to frustration and worry when their new acquired pet refuse to eat for them.

    The good news is that YOU can get your animal to eat on its own but for that you will often have to forget everything you read, everything you were told, forget about what YOU want or like and be open to a PROVEN temporary method that has help many get their animal to feed for them.

    Ball Pythons unlike other species MUST have their needs met to a T, it is very important especially with an hatchling getting used to a new environment, among those needs SECURITY is the single most important one and should always be kept in mind.

    So how can you provide your hatchling with an optimum setup that will get you on tract rapidly, leading to a more enjoyable first time experience?

    If your hatchling is less than 200/250 grams here is what I always recommend.

    Use a 6 quart tub as enclosure; remember this is TEMPORARY, ideally until the animal reached 200/250 grams. Whether you dislike tubs or have the perfect 10 gallons setup ready to go it does not matter what matter it to provide the optimum setup which means cramped.

    Use aspen as bedding, aspen will allow your new pet to bury himself in the bedding offering added security should it be needed.

    Use 1 plastic flower pot saucer as hide (6 inches in diameter), they are very low profile with the top touching your BPs body, which will provide an even more secure environment

    Provide a small water dish.

    Provide temperatures of 76/78 on the cool side and 86/88 on the warm side (no higher) You will obviously need a UTH, a thermostat and a reliable digital thermometer to achieve those requirements.

    Provide a humidity level of 50%/60%

    Once you bring your BP home and place him in his new setup, LEAVE HIM alone, I know it is tempting to handle your new friend but it is best to let him acclimate to his new environment until he eats for you.

    So now your BP has been home for a week and you have not handle him so what now? Well now is feeding time. Remember getting the animal to eat for you is the priority, switching is not so even if you prefer F/T right now it is irrelevant unless you bought an animal that was eating f/t previously, same goes with rats if the animal was feeding on rats offer rats if not feeding should be as followed:

    Offer a live mouse (the ideal size will be equal the girth size of your snake) in the tub (do not feed outside the tub), close the lid and remove if un-eaten after 10/15 min. It might not work the first time around and in some extreme cased (un-started animals, picky eaters, rehab) it might take more than one try and additional little tips, but it can be done, and worry and frustration can become a thing of the past.

    This setup will also solve stress issues that can build up over time in very young animals even if they are eating.

    If you have additional question you can PM me, I will be happy to share additional tips and trick I might not have covered here.

    Finally pictures are worth a 1000 words

    Ideal setup



    Ideal hide for above setup

    Deb, How did you get the cut on the flower pot holder so smooth? Sandpaper?

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by MR Snakes View Post
    Deb, How did you get the cut on the flower pot holder so smooth? Sandpaper?
    I use tin snips and then my zippo to smooth it out.

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by MR Snakes View Post
    Deb, How did you get the cut on the flower pot holder so smooth? Sandpaper?
    Just used some garden shears

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by PitOnTheProwl View Post
    I use tin snips and then my zippo to smooth it out.
    I don't smoke but have just found a reason to own a lighter!

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by MR Snakes View Post
    I don't smoke but have just found a reason to own a lighter!
    Knife, gun and lighter..... there is always a reason to have quality tools

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    Re: My ball python won t eat - My BP is stressed - hatchling 101

    Quote Originally Posted by MR Snakes View Post
    I don't smoke but have just found a reason to own a lighter!
    Or matches & a candle...
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