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Please help my 2 Cali Kings!

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Posted by: hokkaidojan at Wed Oct 31 00:05:58 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by hokkaidojan ]  
   

Hi.
I purchased a California Kingsnake 50/50 just almost 2 months ago, it arrived about as thin as a pencil, and about 30cm in length.

I housed the snake in a critter keeper 30cm x 25cm x 25cm using a deep pile of coconut fibre chunks as substrate.
Shelter on both warm and cool sides, bowl of water in the middle.

A heat pad is under less than half of the tank for gradient, and no lighting (other than shine from another pets light).

I left it for almost 2 weeks before attempting a feed, and then tried warmed F/T pinkies (about the same thickness as the snakes thickest part of body) and it showed zero interest. for the next few weeks I attempted the same it had no interest.

Concerned for its health a friend who tends to know what he is doing tried assisted feeding by opening the jaw putting the pinkie in pulling it back a little.
This had no effect, the snake just shook around till the pinkie came out.

A week later we resorted to force feeding, but it just seemed impossible to get the pinkie into the throat. Eventually it was force fed about the same weght of a pinkie using rat tail.

We have had to feed the rat tail twice now, to be assured it is eating.

Today I noticed its eyes clouded as if it is about to shed, and am hoping this could be the reason for not eating, but 2 months??

The owner of the store felt bad about this, and gave me for free a 2nd cali king (maybe from the same batch) this one is about the same length, but seems a ot thinner.

Its been a week now and this one seems to show no interest in mice either!!!

I am now stressing out about it please help!!!

BTW, tried braining the pinkies/deli cup method those didnt work.
Cant get hold of lizards or live pinkies where I live too.


I would appreciate ANY help you guys can offer!


   

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