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Feeding Advice

Discussion in 'Ball Pythons' started by SomeLizardsInABucket, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. SomeLizardsInABucket

    SomeLizardsInABucket Well-Known Member

    So for nearly a year now I have had a ball python I got from a man who could no longer care for her. I have gotten her to eat for me once or twice, but for the last few months when I've tried to feed her she hasn't been interested. I've tried feeding her in a separate, dark tank and leaving the room for a while, I've tried live, f/k, and f/t but have not had luck. She doesn't seem to be loosing any weight, she's still active, friendly, acting completly normal. Except, she got a wound on her head from trying to get out of a glass enclosure, which I have since removed her from. She didn't seem interested in eating before or after the wound and it's almost gone now, but I wasn't sure if that wound may have been a part of the problem, I've never had a snake get hurt with me you see. I'm thawing out a rat for her now, so I would appreciate some feedback.
  2. Darkbird

    Darkbird Elite Member

    As long as it's not losing weight, don't get too worried over it. Make sure the prey item is good and warm, some won't take it otherwise. Should feel quite warm in your hand when you pick it up. Changing prey species can also trigger a renewed interest in feeding. Like going from rats to mice or African soft furs or something. Sometimes it seems to just be a battle of wills. My personal best was 8 months, and I know another breeder who had one go past 18 months. It's usually a lot more stressful on the keeper than the snake. I would also skip a feeding or 2, feeding stress could be an issue.
  3. SomeLizardsInABucket

    SomeLizardsInABucket Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I have read stories of Ball Pythons going crazy long amounts of time between meals. The man I got her with told me a number of things that proved to not be true (said male, would eat live, is Mohave pewter morph), and I would like her to put on some extra weight. She is not thin by any means, but I would like a little extra weight on her. I'm extra paranoid because before her I had a normal who stopped eating for a long time and when our power blew in my room where the snakes were plugged into she ended up passing away. Probably wasn't just the refusal of eating, but still.
    I have to go get food for my smaller snake so maybe I will try switching her to something else.

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