Vote for BP.Net for the 2013 Forum of the Year! Click here for more info.

» Site Navigation

» Home
 > FAQ

» Online Users: 200

2 members and 198 guests
Most users ever online was 6,337, 01-24-2020 at 03:30 AM.


» Today's Birthdays

» Stats

Members: 70,680
Threads: 244,756
Posts: 2,537,638
Top Poster: JLC (31,651)
Welcome to our newest member, Goodnight.june
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    03-05-2021
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Ball python struggling to eat small mouse?!

    Please help or give any advice! Last night around 930pm(it is now 142am)I fed my ball python a small frozen mouse(thawed obviously) she grabbed it, constricted and then began to swallow, within about half an hour she had the entire thing in her mouth and ever since, the mouse has not moved any farther down. She was “standing” upright for a long time and would occasionally open her mouth and I was hoping she’d throw it back up but still hasn’t. She is now sitting in her tree in her tank. I also noticed last night some occasional beads of fluid of some sort on her around her face/where the mouse is. I will also add I fed her a mouse this size a couple weeks ago snd she had no issues. Please help! I’m not sure what To do, if this is normal or if there’s a way to help her. I’ve had her since about a week or 2 before Christmas and love her Dearly already 😭

  2. #2
    Registered User Ball_Pythons4life's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-28-2021
    Location
    Sylvania, Ohio
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    74
    Thanked 49 Times in 30 Posts
    Images: 1

    Re: Ball python struggling to eat small mouse?!

    I've never had anything like this happen to me, and i'm sure there will be more experienced replies to follow. How big is your snake and how big was the mouse you fed her? (i'm assuming you bought her as a hatchling) if it was too big im thinking she will regurge, but like I said i'm no expert. If shes been trying to eat that mouse for 4 hours it was probably way to big. If you mean "small" as by what pet stores market it as, its probably too big at that age, but I don't know because there's no weight or age or pictures.
    Last edited by Ball_Pythons4life; 03-05-2021 at 09:43 AM.

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to Ball_Pythons4life For This Useful Post:

    Hugsplox (03-05-2021)

  4. #3
    Registered User Hugsplox's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-27-2020
    Location
    Georgia, U.S.
    Posts
    389
    Thanks
    682
    Thanked 558 Times in 281 Posts

    Re: Ball python struggling to eat small mouse?!

    This sounds like a prey size issue to me as well, although I've never dealt with it myself. Luckily the glottis is a fascinating part of a snake's anatomy and keeps your BP breathing with that mouse in her mouth. Can you give us an update? Hopefully by now this has corrected itself, but if not prey and snake size would be helpful. I understand that you think you fed a similar sized meal a few weeks ago, but "similar" is subjective and your BP could have had issues with that one that you didn't see, or you could have fed something that's actually bigger this go around that she wasn't ready for.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Hugsplox For This Useful Post:

    Ball_Pythons4life (03-05-2021)

  6. #4
    bcr229's Avatar
    Join Date
    03-18-2013
    Location
    Eastern WV Panhandle
    Posts
    9,016
    Thanks
    2,600
    Thanked 8,747 Times in 4,369 Posts
    Images: 34
    Did your BP happen to start swallowing the mouse from the middle instead of at the head, so it doubled over on itself and was thus too wide for her to eat? That happens to mine sometimes, though usually they figure out the problem, spit out the feeder, and start over.

  7. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to bcr229 For This Useful Post:

    Ball_Pythons4life (03-05-2021),Bogertophis (03-05-2021),Hugsplox (03-05-2021)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.2.1