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Frustrating issues with frozen thawed

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Posted by: ravenspirit at Tue Jan 4 20:51:56 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ravenspirit ]  
   

I have a yearling,(he is about 6') albino male burm, Kaa, who has always been a very picky eater. He was a small hatchling and wouldn't feed on his own in the beginning. He refsued all food, until he finally started taking small live mice, and then refused anything else but those for the longest time, even though he could eat up to 10 in a sitting. I finally got him to take mice scented live rat pups and then eventually live hopper & small rats. Again, he was very hard to convince to take larger prey, and it was a huge relief when he finally started taking large live rats.

He now takes freshly killed prey (rats) most of the time, but still steadfastly refuses frozen thawed, even when warmed, wiggled, rubbed on live, rubbed on fresh kills, brained, or fed in tandem after a smaller live or freshly killed meal. He Will grab and constrict the frozen thawed item sometimes, only to leave it uneaten later.

He is on large rats now, and I really don't want to have to move up to freshly killed Rabbits & G-pigs if he refuses to make the switch, and I would rather not have to find him a new home. He has great color, and is extremely docile and easy to handle. He doesn't seem to have any health issues, but I know he could being that he was a small hatching that refused to feed & had a depression in his side, and his low prey drive & exceptionally docile temperament could mean something isn't quite right.

Does anyone else have any experience with picky burms, and success stories about switching them over to frozen thawed prey?


   

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