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    My little headache...

    This is the little girl in the thread about my fussy eater. Doing an early morning cage cleaning and watering today as I couldn't sleep she was out and about and almost jumped out of her tub when I opened it. Very friendly and doesn't act at all stressed. She was in go go go mode hence the blurry head and my hand in this picture.



    Yes, she is thin. She was worse before she ate for me recently but she has put on weight and size and has had 4 good sheds in that time. So I'll be darned if I can figure it out.

    I hope she takes to the eating thing better.

    Paul

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    Re: My little headache...

    How long have you had this animal and what are you attempting to feed it?

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    Re: My little headache...

    Quote Originally Posted by Moose84 View Post
    How long have you had this animal and what are you attempting to feed it?
    https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...is-Ball-Python

    All you ever wanted and/or needed to know I think.

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    Re: My little headache...

    Have you tried live mice? I didn't see what you were keeping her in either.. Just curious. Rack or tank?

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    Re: My little headache...

    Quote Originally Posted by Moose84 View Post
    Have you tried live mice? I didn't see what you were keeping her in either.. Just curious. Rack or tank?
    She's in a rack, I have offered Mice, Rats and ASF all three. She's eaten a few rats, and most recently a lone ASF. She's on Repti-Chip in a rack like all the rest of my snakes. I've changed her substrate, her hide, her water bowl, I've moved her to a larger tub, and a smaller tub. She gets offered food once a week and eats when she wants to in all appearances.

    If I find something that works other than "random chance" I'll stick to it, but all of her successful offerings so far have had nothing in common. ^_^

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    It's definitely thin for a female, but is it possible it's male? It's shape reminds me more of my males and also it's behavior. When my males want to breed, that's all they care about, they constantly are moving and wanting to come out and explore but could care less about eating. You'll still want to try and get it to eat because it's still not healthy for males to lose weight but in my experience, it is more common for them to act like what you're describing.

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    Re: My little headache...

    Wow.. You really have tried it all. I read an article from Justin Kolbylka a while back and he was advocating moving the snakes around in the racks that were problem feeders. I had one snake that was strictly on mice and I moved him around in the rack random times over a few weeks. Sure as hell that snake took a rat like 3 weeks later and has been on them ever since.. I was kinda surprised. But hey.. It worked. Sounds like you have done this already though by switching her around in different tubs, substrate etc.. I'm not trying to throw salt at an open wound here but I have NEVER had a snake refuse a live mouse.. That has always been my fall back.. hahahaha

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    She is VERY thin, she got here in April at 3 or so months out of egg and in the 7 months I've had her has taken 4 or 5 meals. She was sold to me by a reputable breeder as a female and I have been in touch with him about her, but she's just been a stubborn ass to me when she was pounding F/T rats for him. I do not doubt this person AT ALL.

    I have tried everything, and I'd happily give a lot to get her to eating weekly. No matter what it was, even a mouse a week would be better than what she's had recently.

    I do greatly appreciate the input, but between the brains on the forums and my friends who are breeders, we can't get much anywhere. Have even resorted to some of the old school tricks they used to get WC babies eating. Live male mouse in a brown paper bag with the snake? Nope...

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    Re: My little headache...

    Iím presuming you feed in the evenings, dim lighting , wait until itís safe and secure under a hide then dangle the warm offering in front of the hide ??

    The hairdryer trick is a given and I wonít mention it here


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    Re: My little headache...

    Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
    Iím presuming you feed in the evenings, dim lighting , wait until itís safe and secure under a hide then dangle the warm offering in front of the hide ??

    The hairdryer trick is a given and I wonít mention it here


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    He's WAY past all of this... hahaha..

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