Corn Snake Feeding issues

Corn Snake Feeding issues

Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:22 am

Please could you help me,I bought a hatchling female around the same time as the expo,but as yet she has STILL not eaten,I have the cage’s temperature set correctly,there is a hide (so I can rule out stress),I have popped a pinky in for the second week now,and she “smells” it,and turns away…

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I contacted the local petshop (who also happens to sell and deal with snakes,and was told give it another week,and try again…

I have checked internet forums (one of them suggests i should dip the pinky in the water from a can of tuna????)

She's still extremely active,but just doesnt seem hungry
Im a little worried that she's not eating,as all my others are eating well


Any suggestions
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Re: Corn Snake Feeding issues

Postby Spoon » Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:51 am

gnarhimself wrote:She's still extremely active,but just doesnt seem hungry
Im a little worried that she's not eating,as all my others are eating well
Any suggestions


I've got the same problem with one of my corns she does eat just not as often as my other ones that were born at the same time where she takes one pinky a month the others are now on one or two pinkies a week! I tried giving her something called introboost which has seemed to improve her appetite a bit so maybe you should try that? you mix it in with the snakes water.
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Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:00 am

Thanks Spoon

Right now i will try anything and everything,she's a beaut,and it would be a shame to lose her

Will pop around to the local 2day,and get some intoboost.
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Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:05 am

Do you think that the INTROBOOST will help with a Non-Feeder???
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:25 am

Introboost will help, but that's seriously potent stuff. If you do use some, just mix a small amount into her drinking water.

I've had the same problems with some snakes, and this is what I have done (it has helped a few people and snakes, but not all).

Take a small plastic container. Make holes in the lid to ensure the snake can still breath. Place some toweling paper in the bottom, mist (wet) lightly. Place the ontainer in a warm place to increase humidity. Leave for about 30 minutes.

Place snake in container. Place back in warm place (make sure it's not too hot as you don't want to stress your snake). Leave for 10 - 20 minutes.

Take a dead pink, make a small incision in the head and squeeze slightly. This is called braining. Apparently the smell drives snakes wild. lol Insert brained pink into container and place in warm place. Leave for an hour.

I've had a lot of success with this method, so it's worth a try. Once the snake has taken brained pinks, you can try him / her next time on a pre-killed pink. If it doesnt show interest, try brained again. Repeat everytime you feed. If the snakes starts taking food more readily, you can try feed it in its cage.

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Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:30 am

Awesome,Thanks Bushbaby,i will try both the methods,and keep u updated.
This is the 1st time ive had problems with a non-feeder,all my others started as hatchlings,and ate immediately....
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Postby Gabi » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:32 am

Bushbaby wrote:Take a small plastic container. Make holes in the lid to ensure the snake can still breath. Place some toweling paper in the bottom, mist (wet) lightly. Place the ontainer in a warm place to increase humidity. Leave for about 30 minutes.

Place snake in container. Place back in warm place (make sure it's not too hot as you don't want to stress your snake). Leave for 10 - 20 minutes.


I've used this method too. Works wonderfully :D
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:36 am

gnarhimself wrote:Awesome,Thanks Bushbaby,i will try both the methods,and keep u updated.
This is the 1st time ive had problems with a non-feeder,all my others started as hatchlings,and ate immediately....


We've taken in 3 non feeders. One is doing very well, the other one will eat occasionally using this method, and the other one doesn't want to know anything. It's just shed again, so I will try it again this week.
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Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:41 am

Whats the success rate on this???
For obvious reasons,im concerned about her well being,and since she hasnt eaten in 2 weeks,im just worried that time's gonna run out :-? :cry:
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:49 am

Try it tonight if you can. There's quite a high success rate. Out of 3 I have tried I've had 2 responding well to this. I have also tried it with Solomon Island Boas and had 2/3 eat pinks. They are however lizard feeders, and eat easier when given geckos or lizards.

I gave this advice to a friend as well, and the first tim ehe tried it, the snake ate. It's defenitly worth a try. Just don't start them off with live pinks as they tend to be scared of them.
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Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:54 am

Do you think that live pinks could be the problem here??
They are really tiny live pinks (approx 1cm long) (Diameter is less than the head of the snake).
Im definately going to try the "braining" method tonight..
Many thanks to you and Gabi for the advice
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Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:05 am

should the container be placed in a warm "dark" place,or is the humidity and warmth enough??
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:10 am

Dark is good. lol. Sorry, forgot to ad that in
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Postby gnarhimself » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:12 am

Cool,i will give it a try...
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Postby Spoon » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:08 am

gnarhimself wrote:Whats the success rate on this???
For obvious reasons,im concerned about her well being,and since she hasnt eaten in 2 weeks,im just worried that time's gonna run out :-? :cry:


I wouldn't stress yet if I were you 2 weeks is not a long time. Like I said before my one eats once a month and she is strong and healthy albeit smaller than her siblings. And it was about a month after I got her that she first ate.
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