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Bad Appetite or starvation?

March 10, 2009 | By MontanaWendy | 4 comments

Hi. I joined this group because my boyfriend's son recently got a ball python, and it has stopped eating.
He did eat once... it was a thawed fuzzy,so we know he doesn't need live prey.
He hasn't eaten anything else for almost 6 weeks now. During this time, he has also been molting... but his old skin is coming of in little patches, not in a whole piece like I have seen other snakes do.
He seems pretty healthy otherwise, but we are getting kind of concerned. The people at the pet store don't have much experience with snakes and neither do we.
Is this normal? Can you recommend a good book for beginners?
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Cindy W.
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Cindy W.
5 years ago

It may just be that the snake needs to get use to its new home as well as what the others said. Maybe the mouse isn't warm enough? I have a male that is picky about the temp of his food. Also, when I first got him he ate a few times then went off food from December till March. I offered food each week but he just didn't want it. The breeder told me not to worry too much as they ofter go off food in the winter months.

Taly E.
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Taly E.
5 years ago

I agree with everything other than one point - feeding inside the enclosure is probably BETTER for this situation than using a seperate feed box. Ball pythons stress easily as it is, so moving them to a new area to feed makes them feel too vulnerable, especially when they're already not doing well. They do not get cage aggressive, unlike other spieces... there are hundreds of breeders who do great with feeding ball pythons inside the snake's enclosure without any aggressiveness... just make sure to wash your hands before and after you handle your snake.
Just my opinion, though. :D

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