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    Wonít eat

    This is my first time on this forum, my ball python is more concern off getting out of the feeding tank instead off eating. Sheís been eating up weekly small rats and made it past 1000 grams. But as of last night she shows no interest. I have always cover the feed tank with a blanket since she doesnít strike the thawed rat. That I have always tempted at 96-101F. Should I be worried or extend her feeding schedule? any input would be awesome.

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    Re: Wonít eat

    When you say "feeding tank" do you mean you're feeding her outside her normal enclosure? That might be one of your problems. Taking them out to feed them is not generally recommended here. It causes them far more stress than necessary and increases the risk of regurgitation. If I were in your position that's the first thing I would change.

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    Agree, feed where they live.

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    How long have you had this snake? I ask, because you haven't told us much detail* & if it's only been for a few weeks, she might be going into shed cycle, during which
    food refusal is NORMAL. (*just because your snake is now 1000 g.+ doesn't mean you've had her the whole time...easier to give you a good answer if we don't have to
    guess the details, ok?)

    And I totally agree: feed snakes where they live, never in another container/enclosure. It stresses & distracts them so they're more likely to refuse, & YOU are way more
    likely to get bit, either before or after, when trying to handle a snake that may still be in "feed mode".
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    Re: Wonít eat

    Quote Originally Posted by Pnutrecords View Post
    This is my first time on this forum, my ball python is more concern off getting out of the feeding tank instead off eating. Sheís been eating up weekly small rats and made it past 1000 grams. But as of last night she shows no interest. I have always cover the feed tank with a blanket since she doesnít strike the thawed rat. That I have always tempted at 96-101F. Should I be worried or extend her feeding schedule? any input would be awesome.
    made it past 1000 grams
    Likely hit the wall

    getting out of the feeding tank
    Counter productive even more so with this species feed in the tank.
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    Re: Wonít eat

    I also agree with feeding inside the snake's enclosure. Spacing out the feeding intervals might be a good idea too. Try offering food every 2-3 weeks. I typically feed my juvenile and adult snakes every 2-4 weeks.
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    Re: Wonít eat

    Sorry for not going into full details. I didnít want to seem like I was rambling. I have had her for a year, I but she was about a month old maybe two months when I got her. I normally put her in a separate tank for feeding but itís never been a problem. But I do see the point, of taking her out to eat .

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    Re: Wonít eat

    Quote Originally Posted by Pnutrecords View Post
    ...I normally put her in a separate tank for feeding but it’s never been a problem. But I do see the point, of taking her out to eat .
    Snakes are wild, NOT domestic, animals. They rely on their instincts. The ONLY thing that picks them up in the wild is a predator that's about to EAT them! So you can see, I hope, why it might be an appetite-killer...?
    Last edited by Bogertophis; 05-16-2020 at 11:55 PM.
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    Re: Wonít eat

    Thanks for the advice, Iím gonna start feeding her in her home Iím also gonna wait 2 weeks to feed her .Iíll keep updated on how the next feeding goes.

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    Re: Wonít eat

    Quote Originally Posted by Pnutrecords View Post
    Thanks for the advice, Iím gonna start feeding her in her home Iím also gonna wait 2 weeks to feed her .Iíll keep updated on how the next feeding goes.
    Iíve sent you details of the hairdryer method ..by Pm


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