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    Ball python wonít eat, help!

    Heís a one year old male ball python. Heís never had trouble with eating until now

    I offer the rat, he looks at it, looks like he might strike, but then turns away and finds somewhere else to go. This is the third week that he hasnít eaten.
    it has been getting colder here, maybe it has something to do with that? He doesnít seem to be sick, the rats are heated with warm water as I usually do, Iíve tried three different rats now. I just donít know whatís causing it? I know at some point he will eat but I donít want to keep wasting rats : (

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    Re: Ball python wonít eat, help!

    How much does he weigh? He could be hitting his 1000g wall or just be going off feed because of the winter months and we wants a female. He should go back to eating when the weather heats up


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    Re: Ball python wonít eat, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Snow Balls View Post
    How much does he weigh? He could be hitting his 1000g wall or just be going off feed because of the winter months and we wants a female. He should go back to eating when the weather heats up


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    Agreed with Snow, my male is sitting at 873g now, and turned one in July. I noticed after never missing a meal that right at the one year mark and as he started getting closer to 1000g his feeding started getting less consistent. I swapped him to a 2 week feeding schedule and that helped a lot until it started cooling off, and now he's usually doing every 2-3 weeks. At your's age and weight as long as all your husbandry is good I don't think you have a ton to worry about.

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    Just to add to the great advice already given above, just note his weight down maybe once a month.

    If you witness 'drastic' weight loss, consider a vet. But expect a little weight loss if he stays on hunger strike.

    The longest I've had a male go on hunger strike is 6 months, have heard stories of some going up to a year.

    I offer fortnightly and will wait until two meals have been rejected before switching to monthly. Once the hunger strike is over and the first meal has been eaten again, I go back to fortnightly. But this is for my oldest male. The younger ones are less than 1kg and still eat weekly unless in shed!

    Good luck.
    Last edited by Bleh; 11-04-2021 at 09:41 AM.
    I'll probably forget by the time you've read this...

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    Re: Ball python wonít eat, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bleh View Post
    Just to add to the great advice already given above, just note his weight down maybe once a month.

    If you witness 'drastic' weight loss, consider a vet. But expect a little weight loss if he stays on hunger strike.

    The longest I've had a male go on hunger strike is 6 months, have heard stories of some going up to a year.

    I offer fortnightly and will wait until two meals have been rejected before switching to monthly. Once the hunger strike is over and the first meal has been eaten again, I go back to fortnightly. But this is for my oldest male. The younger ones are less than 1kg and still eat weekly unless in shed!

    Good luck.
    thank you! Iíll definitely try what you mentioned with feeding!

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