corn baby not eating

corn baby not eating

Postby katesmith » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:55 pm

Hey you guys,

one of my new baby corns still hasn't eaten with me. The others that i also got saturday have all eaten. Im worried about him, cause its been more than a week since he's eaten... he has been alone in a smallish container with lots of place to hide since saterday and he doesn't seem stressed.

He sniffs the pinkie and nudges it, but wont eat it.
any advice ?
when should i really start to worry?
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Postby arcadies » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:32 pm

try braining it? take a pin and "pop" the skull, and give it a good squeeze. then offer it to him
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Postby katesmith » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:41 pm

ok, im gonna poke it with a scalpel... but the pinkie is alive. i feel terrible
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Postby katesmith » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:46 pm

its poked, and the snake is going at it.... i'll let u know if it gets it down ok. Thanks arcadies, that was a great tip
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Postby neko » Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:15 pm

It might still be settling in. A week, for a corn, is not a long time to go without food. As long as the snake has eaten before, I would not start worrying before 3 weeks have gone by.
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Postby katesmith » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:23 pm

well braining the pinkie worked like a charm, he took it right away, and its still down so im happy.
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:47 pm

Kate you should not brain a live pinky because that is cruel. Kill the pinky and then brain it.

Possibly the snake is used to dead food too. Some corns prefer dead or even defrosted food.
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Postby Kouthia » Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:23 pm

yeah, thats a bit far to go even for me! throw the pinky against the wall (relatively hard) then brain it.
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Postby arcadies » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:47 am

throw the pinky against the wall (relatively hard) then brain it.


and thats better? ;/
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Postby Spikelet » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:43 am

may I suggest reading up on this topic: how to kill mice - http://www.sareptiles.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1908 ...

It lists lots of ways to try to decease mice in as humane a way as possible. The ultimate winner being buying pre frozen ;). So that you can brain them after they are dead ...
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Postby Kouthia » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:21 am

arcadies wrote:
throw the pinky against the wall (relatively hard) then brain it.


and thats better? ;/


Actually, yes. Death is instant. They are too small to try and break their necks or smack against a ledge. This is the next best way next to co2 in my opinion.
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Postby Gabi » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:39 am

Yeh braining it while it's still alive is really mean. Even if it is food. Glad it ate but really there was nothing to panic about. It normally takes a snake about a week to settle in anyway.
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Postby Bushbaby » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:42 am

Don't worry guys, Katesmith has ordered frozen mice, so I doubt she'll be doing that again anytime soon (I hope).
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Postby katesmith » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:18 am

sure will not. i think its suffering was minimal since i scalpeled it, it died pretty much instantly. i did feel bad for the little thing though...
yip, going on the frozen as from next friday!
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Postby Bushviper » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:00 pm

Okay all sorted then.

I have also found that flinging a pink against the wall stops all squeeking and movement instantaneously. Dont throw too softly or else they dont die and thats even worse. Too hard and they could splat. Rather just stand further away and use the same amount of strength if they splat.

Either that or CO2 them.
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