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    Feeding new blood

    Hey guys, new to the forum. I brought my blood home on Sunday and was told he was feeding every Wednesday w/ live rats. I attempted to feed him last night but he would only hammer the rat with his closed mouth, never an open strike and has now buried himself in the substrate. None of these behaviors are really concerning to me at this point because I am sure he is just not ready to eat and wants to be left alone. But I am curious to know if any of you have had the same issue when transferring a snake to the new home, and how long it took before they would eat.

    I do plan on trying to to switch to f/t once feeding is established. Malakai is about 6 months (allegedly) and weighs 497 grams.
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    Welcome to the forum! Congrats on your new blood as well. Is this your first snake?

    Interesting. My Borneo boy is a bit of a pain in the rear as far as eating goes. But he never refuses live and is always a beast when live is offered....F/T is a different story.

    But I've never seen that closed mouth behavior before in any of my snakes.

    Thanks for adding an interesting thread. I'll be looking forward to more replies.
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    Smile Re: Feeding new blood

    I am new to owning snakes. We ( my sons and myself) also have a very young ball, that only weighs 78 grams. I am aware of the challenges with the bloods and I am certainly willing to put in the time and effort to make him comfortable with us. He is fairly thick already and I will monitor his weight until regular feeding is established. I appreciate the response.

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    Re: Feeding new blood

    Quote Originally Posted by Cforlizzo View Post
    I am new to owning snakes. We ( my sons and myself) also have a very young ball, that only weighs 78 grams. I am aware of the challenges with the bloods and I am certainly willing to put in the time and effort to make him comfortable with us. He is fairly thick already and I will monitor his weight until regular feeding is established. I appreciate the response.
    Sounds great!!! Bloods/Short Tails are awesome animals. I'm sure you'll enjoy him.
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    Re: Feeding new blood

    Well I got him to eat a mouse. I think I was giving him to large a rat last time. Glad hexate because he seems to be getting ready to shed.

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    He's beautiful! And that was going to be my guess, that he's going into shed. It's very hard to tell when you're new at keeping snakes, but gets easier with
    practice; our snakes, however, know long before we do & often they'll refuse food when they sense a shed coming. Of course, prey that's too big can also get
    a refusal, & live food is dangerous, especially rats, and especially IF your snake isn't in the mood to eat. Don't worry about your snake not eating throughout a
    shed cycle...it's completely normal & they won't starve.

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    He's beautiful!!
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    Re: Feeding new blood

    He’s a beauty, great color.
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    He is a beautiful one
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    Stop it at once, I don't need a blood python lol
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