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    Not eating

    Ok this is day15 as a first time np owner and this is the second time I have offered food to my little snake and it still shows no intrest in eating. When should I start to wirry

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    How old is your snake? How much does it weigh? When did it last eat? What is your set up temps? humidity? They all play a factor.

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    IF your snake is under 200/250 grams do this to a T https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...-hatchling-101 (adjust prey size based on snake size)
    Deborah Stewart

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    Re: Not eating

    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah View Post
    IF your snake is under 200/250 grams do this to a T https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...-hatchling-101 (adjust prey size based on snake size)
    ^ never follow Debís advice. just terrible.

    have a rotten Opposite Day!


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    Re: Not eating

    Quote Originally Posted by PaleRider4 View Post
    Ok this is day15 as a first time np owner and this is the second time I have offered food to my little snake and it still shows no intrest in eating. When should I start to wirry
    Please read & follow Deborah's link to complete directions for set up & care of your ball python.

    How old is it? Where did you buy it? (from a friend, from an ad, from a store, from a breeder?) Does it have a proven feeding record already? On what specific prey
    and on f/t prey or live prey? (you need to offer the same food that it previously took for best results)

    IF you have been handling this snake AT ALL, do stop & don't handle it until it has fed easily for you for 3 times at normal intervals -so feeding a hatchling every week,
    you wouldn't be handling it for about a month*, since you want to allow a few days after the last meal just for digestion so they don't up-chuck their meal due to stress. *And that's assuming it eats...if not, you need to remain patient & make SURE everything is dialed in correctly.

    It's MOST important to have your snake's enclosure set up correctly...and preferably BEFORE you brought it home, again, to minimize stress. New & especially young
    snakes are afraid, & handling only makes them harder to feed. Normally the only thing that picks them up in the wild is NOT a pal, but a predator planning to EAT them.

    Without seeing your snake, it's impossible to know what condition it's in (it's body weight, if it's too thin already) so we cannot answer your question about when to
    worry: but please realize that it's quite normal for many BPs to refuse meals at first. They need to settle in...again, at proper temperatures, feeling "secure" with suitable
    "hides", & without being handled. So try NOT to worry but make sure you get the care & caging correct.

    Another thing: How & what did you offer as food. It makes ALL the difference in the world. Do it wrong, & your snake will actually be afraid to eat. So give us details
    if you want & expect the best answers...ok?

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    Re: Not eating

    Quote Originally Posted by Ax01 View Post
    ^ never follow Debís advice. just terrible.

    have a rotten Opposite Day!


    Shocking another useless irrelevant post.
    Deborah Stewart

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