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RE: lizard scenting pinkies

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Posted by: Aaron at Sat Sep 29 00:58:52 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Aaron ]  
   

That's a tough question because the time will vary greatly depending upon how much yolk the baby absorbed in it's egg and the conditions it has been kept at since hatching. All I can really say is if the baby looks skinny or has weakish muscle hibernation is not a good idea. In that case I would recommend pinky pumping, only use cat food instead of pinkies. I use Fancy Feast beef & liver or chicken & liver. The cheaper brands sometimes contain tiny bone chips. I've never seen bone chips in Fancy Feast brand. I also have 2 inches of rubber tube stuck on the end of the pinky pump and cut at an angle so it easily pries the snakes mouth open. This also helps prevent jaw injuries because the rubber tube is softer. If the snake is weak start with small amounts, about 1/2 the mass of a normal sized pinky meal, about once every 4 or 5 days. Gradually increase the amount. The cat food puts weight on them much better than pinkies and the snakes tend not to regurge it. Pinks they often regurge and that that is a death knell because once they start regurging they rarely come out of it. I have pinky pumped them on cat food successfully for up to 9 months before they finally came around and ate pinks but once they did they did fine.
Try Bean Farm for a pinky pump and either find some sugical tubing or get the "feeding syringe with feeding tube" and cut the tube like I described and attach it to the pinky pump.
Hope that helps.


   

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