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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

    And yes, I do have feeding tongs

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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

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    No, he doesn't coil and strike. If you approach him he will crawl away. He does come towards your hand and flick his tongue to smell you, but he hasnt attempted to bite.

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    I asked because if he were the more defensive (feisty & willing to bite) type I would suggest a different technique, but probably not under the circumstances.
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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

    Well I tried another f/t pinky. I thawed and heated to 100 and pinched it, then left it on a plastic lid in his tub. No go. It was still there in the morning. I figured he would be hungry since he was out hunting all over his tub.
    My son caught a small anole and put it in there. I saw him hunting all over again, and I dont see the lizard, so I think he ate it.

    I guess Ill order some of that anole scent and scent the pinky with it and see if it works.

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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

    Success finally! I put a f/t pinky in and left it after he showed interest, but refused to take it from the tongs. He finally ate one!!

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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

    Congratulations on the successful feeding! I hope he's on the right track now.
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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

    Congrats....As Ziggy said "hope he is on the right track" I know it's a relief that he took F/T. Hopefully he is turning the corner
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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

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    Success finally! I put a f/t pinky in and left it after he showed interest, but refused to take it from the tongs. He finally ate one!!

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    Hallelujah! Should get much easier now that he's taken his first pinkie. How long did it take him to eat it after you left it there? (sometimes a snake will respond when the f/t prey finally gets a little bit "ripe", & then
    gradually transition to taking fresher f/t prey in subsequent meals) So glad his hunger finally kicked in- makes a good holiday "gift".
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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

    No idea how long it took him. I didnt even want to disturb him to check until the next day. Im so glad he ate it though!

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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

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    No idea how long it took him. I didnt even want to disturb him to check until the next day. Im so glad he ate it though!

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    So he might be "one of those" snakes that it took until the pinkie got a little 'ripe' before the snake recognized it as edible. Next few meals just feed him in early evenings & just leave him be until the next morning.

    After a few more meals he should get faster at accepting pinkies. I've worked with such a snake before, I could hardly believe my own eyes when the snake ate what I was about to throw out- it really stunk! It had
    been all day in his warm cage, & when I got home from work, I was about to remove it but got stuck on the phone for a while...when I came back, he was just swallowing the very "ripe" prey. Hey, whatever works.
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    Re: Question about feeding hatchling rat snake

    Blech....that so gross. I hope not, but Ill take it if it gets some food in him. The first time I tried a live pinky and it died overnight and from being on the warm heating pad was pretty rank. Just thinking about the smell makes me gag...

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