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    Ball Python not leaving hide

    My ball python hasn't left her hide in about 2-3 weeks now. She is five years old female. I want to feed her but she never comes out so I never get the opportunity (I feed in in her cage). I am wondering why she hasn't budged in so long. She usually comes out and is very active at night especially when she is hungry, but I haven't seen her active at night lately except to peek out of her hide every once and a while. I'm worried about her, please give your advice. Thank you!

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    What are your temps and humidity? Is the hide on the warm or cool side?

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    Probably just a shed cycle that's taking a bit long- have you checked? (ie. lift the hide & see if she's cloudy?) And even if she isn't cloudy right now, she might have gone to "clear" by now & is getting ready to shed, so it wouldn't hurt to boost the humidity a bit.

    One reason some shed cycles may take a snake longer is if (more like "when" because we all blow it sometimes, lol) you happened to feed her just as she was going into a shed, but she hadn't clouded up enough yet so you didn't notice.

    Digestion & shedding both require extra hydration from a snake's body, therefore a meal can make the shed take longer- some snakes have trouble doing both at the same time so a meal interrupts the shed somewhat- this is why many snakes refuse meals when in shed, & why some snakes end up shedding in a zillion pieces that get stuck- their hydration wasn't good enough to do both functions well.
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