CHECKLIST FOOD REFUSAL :

 

So, I tend to roam up some things that I might forgot to take into consideration, when I find one of my snakes not hungry...  It could be that I forgot that :

the snake is starting to show signs of a coming mold ( turns darker )

when molding a snake usually does not eat

The snake is still digesting a ( or more ) previous prey ( eg hasn't went to the bathroom )

a semi warm bath in clean water for 30 minutes does great if it needs to go !! or wait another week...

The timing is slightly off...

when you are woken at 3 in the morning for a nice huge greasy T bonestake.., would you ?? !! So only feed your snakes when they are active or after handling them. But do not feed after handling every time, cause then they will count on it... I feed them on a different place every time possible... that way I'll keep them off track about when they are fed.

The snake is given a " new " species of prey...

sometimes they will not eat something other than the usual, because they do not know what it is, or it stinks in their opinion ( with guinny pigs for example ) If so, try this : If your snake is used to have rats for a year or so..., and you wanna switch to rabbits, when the snake refuses, rub a live rat gently over the rabbit... so the scent is transferred, and the snake is likely to take the prey... Remember that the sight is poor, and the snake will smell a rat... you need nothing more to trigger a feed respons ąP

terrarium parameters are off from normal !!

Is there a bulb or floor heater broken, is the avrg. temperature too low, or humidity too high...??? all causes for your snake to refuse food...

Snake parameters are off normal !!

are there mites, parasites or nematodes at work.. is your snake healthy and alert, or shy and stressed ?? again one of the first signs of a coming disease is food refusal. If there is ANY doubt, take a feces sample to the vet...

The prey is too small or big for the snake..

I found out that my snakes are keen feeders..., taking only a prey they can manage. Crawling away when the prey is too big, or hiss at the small prey, but do nothing...

And when it's non of the above, I just observe another 7 days and give a prey to see what happens... if nothing, then I wait another 7 days, upto another month...... than, when all else fails, and the snake needs it really bad... I need to force feed... Remember that it does not come to 1 day, when feeding a snake... some prey can for see a healthy python for a few months in nutrition...

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