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    another post my ball python won't eat

    hello all i had my ball python since april 29 2018 the person before me kept her for 4 months so not sure on the age but is around 8 months or so for the most part my BP is been a good eater she is 340g and feeds on weaned rats 33g to 40g about 2 weeks ago i changed her from a glass tank to a plastic enclosure everything is diferent the temps on the new enclosure are lot better 80 on the cold side 83 in the middle and 85 to 90 on the warm end humidity about 60% but now my ball python won't eat i offer her food last saturday and yesterday i know this has to be relocation stress how long it usually last?

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    Re: another post my ball python won't eat

    At 340G, she can go a while without eating.

    Don't over offer; no more than 1X a week.

    Do not handle her (except for cage cleaning, etc) until she's eaten 3 consecutive meals in the new tank.

    She should adjust, but I would treat her like a new snake in a new environment until she's eating regularly.

    Keep us in the loop.

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    Re: another post my ball python won't eat

    Hey guys is going to be 3 weeks this Saturday and my ball python still not interested in good she sleeps all day and active at night she actually explores the whole enclosure now I read this post http://www.repticzone.com/forums/Bal...s/2290212.html a little info the snake was on a 36x18x18 this was the BP enclosure for at least 8 months my BP spent most of the time in the warm hide as most of the tank was room temperature so the snake only was using half of the tank most times now she is on a pvc cage and have all kinds of temp gradients she's got a 28 watt radiant heater set to 82f a heat pad set to 90f and a radiant heater on the warm side set to 86 the temps on too of the warm hide 85_87 inside 89-90f the middle 81-83 the cool hide on top 82 inside 81 in front by the doors where the are no heat 79-80 I think the temps are awesome but now she moves from one end to the other this enclosure is 36x24x18 just a big bigger but not much she is got 3 hides I changed 2 to plastic she used to have the exp Terra caves I went plastic cuz they retain heat more I hate to change my snake back into the glass I haven't touched her cuz I know she might be stressed but if she does not eat this Saturday I'll weight her she's about 8 months old and 18 inches long. I being giving my BP weaned rats 33 to 40 g when she was eating.

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    Re: another post my ball python won't eat

    Try the hairdryer method one evening ... wait until it's been settled under a hide for a short while then dangle the WARM rat in front of the hide entrance .. don't blink


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    Re: another post my ball python won't eat

    i dont understand please explain my ball python is weird people have told me in the past i am weird so maybe it was meant to be i offered my BP a rat pup cause i don't want to waste the weaned rats i offer food not interested so i lost my patience finally 3 weeks now not eating i thought maybe is brumarion my 8 months old bearded dragon is brumating right now so i though ok maybe she is too so she is 320 so she only lost 20 grams in 3 weeks i tried assist feed no spit it out ok so i put my BP in the heat pad where she was i reheated the rat and i was planning to put it right by the entrance so if BP needs to get out she has to move the rat out i did it with my hands because i did not think she was going to strike well she did she almost bit my finger lol i really don't understand this BP behaviour maybe she taste it the rat when i put in the mouth and triggered a feeding response but i can tell you one thing if this did not stressed her out nothing will and she actually did not try to bite i hope this snake lives a long time i really like this BP she is just weird on the other hand my corn snake she has not missed a feeding since i got her jan 29 2018 she is 90g and overweight at 90g she should be eating a small souse 12 to 15g but is way to big for the corn so thats how i can tell she is a bit overweight i have cut on her food too she is 9 months old she eats a hopper 6 to 8 g and a pinkie 3 to 4g so all toguether 10 to 12g once a week

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    Re: another post my ball python won't eat

    Snakes, and BPs in particular, will take unexplained food breaks. Don't assist or force feed. If you know your temps and humidity are dialed in just wait her out. Offer her food every 10-14 days until she eats again. If she refuses 2x at that interval space her out to every 3-4 weeks. Try a live feeder after 6 months. She will eat eventually. They all do.
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    Re: another post my ball python won't eat

    Quote Originally Posted by ballpythoncornsnake View Post
    Hey guys is going to be 3 weeks this Saturday and my ball python still not interested in good she sleeps all day and active at night she actually explores the whole enclosure now I read this post http://www.repticzone.com/forums/Bal...s/2290212.html a little info the snake was on a 36x18x18 this was the BP enclosure for at least 8 months my BP spent most of the time in the warm hide as most of the tank was room temperature so the snake only was using half of the tank most times now she is on a pvc cage and have all kinds of temp gradients she's got a 28 watt radiant heater set to 82f a heat pad set to 90f and a radiant heater on the warm side set to 86 the temps on too of the warm hide 85_87 inside 89-90f the middle 81-83 the cool hide on top 82 inside 81 in front by the doors where the are no heat 79-80 I think the temps are awesome but now she moves from one end to the other this enclosure is 36x24x18 just a big bigger but not much she is got 3 hides I changed 2 to plastic she used to have the exp Terra caves I went plastic cuz they retain heat more I hate to change my snake back into the glass I haven't touched her cuz I know she might be stressed but if she does not eat this Saturday I'll weight her she's about 8 months old and 18 inches long. I being giving my BP weaned rats 33 to 40 g when she was eating.
    I'm not trying to be rude, but trying to help you.

    I honestly can't even read your thread. It is one LLLLOOOOONNNNGGGGG sentence, all jumbled together into one difficult to read cluster of words.

    Seperate your thoughts, make it easy to read.
    I skip right over threads like yours and many others do too.

    You'll get more readers and in turn more replies if your threads are easier to read.

    Just trying to help...
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    Lol tks for the advice.

    To make the story short.My BP's last meal was Aug 17,2018,I changed into new enclosure on aug,19,2018 still has not eaten,just like the post above I will be patient.i'm just worried cuz this BP is so young only 9 months at the most.

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    Re: Lol tks for the advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by ballpythoncornsnake View Post
    To make the story short.My BP's last meal was Aug 17,2018,I changed into new enclosure on aug,19,2018 still has not eaten,just like the post above I will be patient.i'm just worried cuz this BP is so young only 9 months at the most.
    Still one long sentence.

    Seperate your thoughts.
    ...life is beautiful...

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    Re: Lol tks for the advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by craigafrechette View Post
    Still one long sentence.

    Seperate your thoughts.
    I typed it on my phone can't type like I can on the computer.

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