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Regurging problem

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Posted by: Rake at Thu Dec 6 15:19:07 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Rake ]  
   

I've had a 5' Andean for a few weeks now, and it has been very difficult to get him to keep mice down. I've tried different mice sizes and quantities (he won't eat the rats I bought for him), different temperatures, handling vs not, different times of day, different amounts of time between feedings, and probably more that I'm forgetting. I tend to either find the mouse regurged in whole or in part within a day or two of feeding, and it's really starting to get me worried. He started out thin and I want to get him up to a healthy size, but I can't even get started on that.

I need ideas. Do I need to take him to the vet to check for internal parasites (very costly and frankly, the last option)? Is there another health issue I should be looking for (nothing else in the books even comes close)? Is he in brumation and shouldn't be feeding at all (the temperature hasn't gotten below 70, much less 50-60)? Does he need vitamins?

He's got a big tank, two hides, a UTH and now a lamp as well during the night (keeping him in the 75-80 range should help him digest, right?), a big water dish, branches, aspen bedding, etc. My Kings and Corn have never regurged anything, so I don't know what I can possibly be doing wrong.


   

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