My Copperhead babies.

My Copperhead babies.

Postby Van2 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:03 pm

Had a pleasant surprise last week when working in my snake room. Knew the female was gravid but expected the babies a little later. This is the first time she was bred and she only had these three babies.

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I tried feeding them newborn pinks this past weekend, but they refused to eat. I tried teas-feeding them as well. A friend of mine suggested putting crickets in with them and leaving them to eat at their own pace.

Is this a good idea? They seem to be very healthy, so am I a bit to hasty to get them to eat pinks? :smt017

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Hannes
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby CarlaSmit87 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:21 pm

Ah super cute babies! Can't decide which one I like the most :smt017
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby Bjorn » Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:29 pm

I wouldn't worry to much about then not eating yet if they were born last week. I would only worry after a month or coming on two. Have they shed yet? I have had vipers shed once they are born but I haven't bred these. They should start eating after a shed so don't worry to much just yet.
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby Van2 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:39 pm

Thanks Carla, the are very pretty.

Bjorn, yes the have shed shortly after they were born. Thanks anyhow...will try again this weekend.
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby Bjorn » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:03 pm

Ok, well don't worry to much it's still early days and I am sure they will come right.
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby Van2 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:12 pm

Thanks Bjorn. Will let you know how it goes.
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby vuduman » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:50 pm

Congratulations.I like the light one in the front the best.They are designed to take little frogs in the wild with that lure for a tail,but I have raised many babies from birth.I usaully let them starve in a dark,warm,humid tub for 2 weeks undesturbed.Most of them will take a pink without hassles ,but fussy feeders likes a brained pinky.Good luck.
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby Van2 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:13 pm

Thanks vuduman, will definitely try that.
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Re: My Copperhead babies.

Postby Van2 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:47 pm

Just an update on my babies:

One of them started eating on it's own after I scented a pink with a gecko, but the other two still refused to eat. Started force-feeding them
last Thursday. Not what I wanted to do, but had no other choice. Will see tomorrow if they will start eating on their own.

Thanks a lot Bjorn and vuduman for all your suggestions and help.
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