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RE: Female hognose not eating

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Posted by: simus343 at Mon Feb 1 09:01:02 2016  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by simus343 ]  
   

How much weight is she losing? Defecation cause a noticeable weight drop, easily in the double digit grams. My female Eastern Hog recently made a 10 gram drop when she finished digesting her most recent leopard frog. After that she has dropped a few more grams as she continues to defecate a little extra that wasn't part of the "initial load". This has all been over approximately a 2 week period (just a few days short).

Unless your snake starts to drop grams fast I wouldn't worry. Sometimes snakes just don't want to eat back to back weekly meals in captivity. I've had snakes go from eating weekly to refusing food for about a month before they would start eating again. Nothing was changed with their living conditions, the snakes just had no interest in food for a while.

The best thing you could do at this point is just offer food every 2-3 days, leave it for a few hours. If the snake shows no interest, take it out and try again a few days later.

Also with the shed cycle, the start of the cycle isn't very obvious. Their eyes just don't go "blue" overnight. They gradually get a little dull. The dull hue is hard to notice, but seems to be most easily observed on the ventral side of the snake that is a bit more "glossy". I've seen the first signs of a shed cycle appear as early as 3 weeks before the eyes start to go opaque.

I wouldn't worry if the weight isn't dropping very rapidly.


   

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