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My 3 cents worth.

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Posted by: HerpZillA at Sat Jul 14 15:31:58 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by HerpZillA ]  
   

First listen to the others. Tim and the rest have a HUGE amount of experience.

Personally I have been fascinated since I was a kid and had a 5' water monitor that would not eat anything. Yet I had 12 other large monitors that well they ate like monitors. Toss in dealing with 100s of snakes and lizards over the years I have dealt with that do not feed. I am so interested in this that I bought some hognose that I figured I might have feeding issues. And I sure did and even lost a couple. But since I find this issue so captivating maybe I have noticed a few things I can add to the topic.

I have had more luck in small paper bags for baby corns. I think it’s due to the corners. In time the pinky FT will end up there and if you watch snakes in a container with corners once they get there they try to dig their nose in at times. And since the pinky can be right there I think there is some reason that gets them to eat.

This topic related to deli cups and is a difficult one since snakes do seem to react differently to different containers. I was never a fan of taller pint size deli cups for feeding. I liked the 1” tall ½ pints. If you watch the snake in the dark they spend a lot of time trying to climb the wall of the 1-pint deli. So I would always use the ½ pint delis. BUT I have noticed some baby snakes seem agitated not being able to raise their head higher in the ½ delis. Yes I have spent way way to many hours watching non-feeding baby snakes over the years. So generally I prefer the lower delis if you are using delis to feed.

As strange as it sounds, I also prefer the deli cup upside down. Especially in the taller cups. As the snake cannot climb the side and lean on it as easily and they spend far more time on the bottom roaming where the pinky is. And yes I have had just a couple snakes (back when I was helping at a pet shop) eat in a flipped deli and would not in a deli in the normal position. It’s so easy why not try it.
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Tom

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