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RE: Snake Isn't Eating, Questions?

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Posted by: Kelly_Haller at Tue Nov 27 14:31:10 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Kelly_Haller ]  
   

Assuming that you have ruled out any type of health issue, it is not uncommon for mature male Ball pythons to stop feeding over the winter months in anticipation of the breeding season in late winter / early spring. If not intending to bred this snake, you may be able to interfere with this winter fast by increasing the daily photoperiod artificially with fluorescent lighting to around 14 or 15 hours of light per day. Also, it would be important to maintain the substrate temps in at least the mid-80's. Even though you are heating your house, there is always a drop in the interior background temperature during cold weather that snakes will notice physiologically and respond to. Try this a few weeks to see if the appetite picks up again. There are obviously other reasons why pythons go off-feed, but this would be the most common reason for male ball pythons this time of year.

Kelly


   

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