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    ETB Hasn't Eaten In 3 Months

    Hello,

    My emerald tree boa has not eaten in around 3 months. I took her to the vet because her head was swollen around a month and a half ago, but it turned out it was related to her shed, so I chalked up her not eating to being in shed, but now she is still not eating. I have tried to feed her f/t small and medium rats multiple times during this period, and she will not strike. She has struck one time and coiled, but then dropped it.

    Previously she was a great eater; I have fed her f/t small / medium rats consistently.

    Her heat is 80 ambient and hot spot 87. I have a mistking mist 3 times / day.

    The only other thing I have changed is moving her from my living room to my closet (converted to reptile room).

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you!
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    Bump. Thank you.
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    I have no experience with these, but has the amount of light changed in the new location? Anything else different in her enclosure?
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    Re: ETB Hasn't Eaten In 3 Months

    Couple of general questions. Do you feed her after lights out? Do you heat up the prey before offering? After lights out, does she actively move around the cage or get into that ETB hanging hunting position. With mine, she will only eat in the dark and i blast the little rat with heat before offering. Also how old is your ETB?
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    Re: ETB Hasn't Eaten In 3 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    I have no experience with these, but has the amount of light changed in the new location? Anything else different in her enclosure?
    Not particularly, I light the enclosure with a big led strip on a timer. I havent changed much, I think I changed the misting schedule a little bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodie View Post
    Couple of general questions. Do you feed her after lights out? Do you heat up the prey before offering? After lights out, does she actively move around the cage or get into that ETB hanging hunting position. With mine, she will only eat in the dark and i blast the little rat with heat before offering. Also how old is your ETB?
    I feed later in the day but just before lights out so I can see, as it's really dark in there. She moves around a lot at night, but I have seen her in hunting position too. The rats I feed are HOT, so I definitely dont think that's an issue. I dont have an exact age, but she's an adult.
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    Re: ETB Hasn't Eaten In 3 Months

    Also no experience with ETB's, however, I feed all my snakes with lights out. I have Phillips smart lights in my reptile area and set it to 10%. Even if you can use a nightlight, to mimic moonlight, and so you can see, that might help.

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    Re: ETB Hasn't Eaten In 3 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Also no experience with ETB's, however, I feed all my snakes with lights out. I have Phillips smart lights in my reptile area and set it to 10%. Even if you can use a nightlight, to mimic moonlight, and so you can see, that might help.
    Wasnt an issue with previous feedings, but I will try it.
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    Re: ETB Hasn't Eaten In 3 Months

    When you said that she does roam and/or gets in her hunting position when lights go out is a good thing. She is definitely in hunting mode. You should try to feed her in a dark cage with her in that mode and see if it makes a difference. They are normally nocturnal and feed at night anyway. When I feed mine, my snake room is completely dark. All cage and room lighting is off. I use a little small flashlight (not a bright led one, but a cheapo that puts out that soft yellow light), open her cage, blash the rat with heat, dangle it with some forceps and she is all over it. Mine wouldn't eat with lights on if her life depended on it. Give it a shot and keep us informed.
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    Tried about an hour and a half after lights out, and still no dice. I blasted it with heat. Sort of sniffs it, but no strikes.
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    Re: ETB Hasn't Eaten In 3 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by wnateg View Post
    Tried about an hour and a half after lights out, and still no dice. I blasted it with heat. Sort of sniffs it, but no strikes.
    Sorry to hear this.

    Where did you get him? Are there any breeders you know or where you got him from that can help?

    I wish I could help more, but know almost nothing about the species. Also not sure who on here does (regulars anyway).

    Keep us posted.

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