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    Now I have a non eater...

    Well, now it seems I have a non eating BP,

    Eggroll who was a local shelter adoptee, Brought her home April 07, 2019 was 239g / appx 2-3 years old I was told.

    Last meal was October 25, 62g small rat / she has eaten bi-weekly with no issues (weekly when she was smaller)

    Current weight was 1437g (my biggest snake) on November 20, 2020

    Did use the bathroom (pooped) Sunday Dec 06, 2020

    So from all the reading I've done here, I'm guessing this is not an issue with her and just part of the cycle now with her size?

    She still comes out every now and then, no other issues with her, still friendly and likes to explore when out.

    She's just the first to refuse a meal for that long, everybody else is still excited on feed day

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    If you haven't changed husbandry, I wouldn't be worried. She's missed two feedings? That's not very long, and one that size can go for awhile without eating and be totally fine. In fact, I wouldn't change anything, in hopes that she'll get hungry and go back to the same schedule / food.
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    Re: Now I have a non eater...

    Just missed her 3rd feeding Last Sunday (6 weeks), But being she used the bathroom the day after, I figure she's good to go.....

    The only things that changed in the snake room she's in is I had to add the supplemental oil heater and start running the room humidifier.

    They do get natural sunlight from a window in there, so being the days are shorter, their natural light is also shortened.

    With the hunger strikes I've seen on here I figure I shouldn't worry until she's 3-4 months or so into the strike, by then days will be getting longer

    and she should go back to normal.

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    Now I have a non eater...

    Quote Originally Posted by wnateg View Post
    If you haven't changed husbandry, I wouldn't be worried. She's missed two feedings? That's not very long, and one that size can go for awhile without eating and be totally fine. In fact, I wouldn't change anything, in hopes that she'll get hungry and go back to the same schedule / food.
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    Just curious you 100% sure itís female? ✌️
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    Re: Now I have a non eater...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny1318 View Post
    Just curious you 100% sure itís female? ✌️
    Even females fast occasionally.

    I've had a few rescues that came in thin/starved and invariably they were voracious for about a year and then they tapered off to "normal" ball python eating habits.

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    Re: Now I have a non eater...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny1318 View Post
    Just curious you 100% sure itís female? ✌️
    That I am Not...

    Was told probably female by animal shelter when I got her, and also by the vet when I took her in for a well visit after I got her.

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    Re: Now I have a non eater...

    The snake is at a good weight for a male roughly that age. Iím fully aware females fast too. Was just tying to be helpful. ✌️
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    Re: Now I have a non eater...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny1318 View Post
    The snake is at a good weight for a male roughly that age. Iím fully aware females fast too. Was just tying to be helpful. ✌️
    I appreciate any and all input I get from this forum.

    Being all my snakes (6) were unwanted and I took them in as pets (no breeding from me), I should send out pieces of their shed to have that Dna testing done

    $15.00 per snake is cheap enough if I do one every other month next year, Then I'll know for sure what the gender of each one is.

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    Re: Now I have a non eater...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gocntry View Post
    I appreciate any and all input I get from this forum.

    Being all my snakes (6) were unwanted and I took them in as pets (no breeding from me), I should send out pieces of their shed to have that Dna testing done

    $15.00 per snake is cheap enough if I do one every other month next year, Then I'll know for sure what the gender of each one is.
    Not to change the subject of your thread, but I think it's pretty cool that you rescue snakes. I know everyone is looking for something specific when it comes to morphs and all that, but it's kind of the same opinion I have with dogs. Why spend thousands on a puppy when there are rescues available at the shelter.

    Anyway, just thought it was neat. Good luck with your feeding issue!

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