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feeding problems...even worse!

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Posted by: xerxesbunny at Mon Jun 24 08:38:31 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by xerxesbunny ]  
   

Does anyone have any idea why a 13 y.o. pyro, after 8 years of eating frozen, would switch off and only eat live? His last real meal was a frozen baby rat (the petshop was out of mice; I'm surprised he got it down) on December 15, 2012. I let him brumate for the first time while in my care, (because he wasn't eating much…), and now he won’t eat frozen mice. (And braining doesn't seem to work either.) He needs to get some weight back on, so I tried fuzzies in the interim, while still trying frozen food as well. He'll only take the fuzzies, and even then I have to put his head near them. On the last go, they gave me weaned fuzzies instead of the ones that become totally content and out of it when sleeping near a heating pad, so I had to deal with baby mice running all over my apartment. The snake only ate one. I think he may have gotten distracted by the 3rd fuzzy leading to regurgitation of the second one. (So I kept the last live one, got him a friend, and now I have two live junior mice.) The original one was already traumatized by the snake; I have no idea what to do about feeding.

Totally stressed out, driven to tears, losing sleep and at my wit's end. Nightmare about it, even. Any advice? He was warmed up in late March and has only had 5 fuzzies since then. His original owner is telling me I should try scenting with anole skin, but I can't find a source of frozen lizards. (And the petshop didn't like that idea, sternly warning of parasites.)


   

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