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Sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis) not eating

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Posted by: Arcablue at Sun Nov 21 01:36:19 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Arcablue ]  
   

I recently purchased a sunbeam snake from lll reptiles... and he has not eaten for over a month now.

I've attempted to feed every few days. Initially I tried just putting the mouse on the surface of the substrate (on a tray) right before turning the lights off, then I tried an hour or so after lights were off then I tried putting the snake in a dark container with the mouse and that didn't work. I've tried with a variety of frozen/thawed mice of various sizes (pinky, hopper, fuzzy) with no interest shown in any of the mice/feeding methods. At the suggestion of the internet I even tried rubbing a mouse on one of my lizards, and also tried putting some lizard shed on a different mouse to no avail. He just seems to ignore the food.

I have a hard time finding live rodents (I've only been able to find adult mice, which seem too large) and am looking for suggestions on how to get the snake to eat f/t, but if anyone knows of where I could get live mice in the sacramento area that would help as well.

The snake is kept in a 20 gallon tank in around 3" deep coconut husk substrate with humidity at around 80% with temperatures around 80 on the hot side.

I realize that there might be a parasite problem and I want to get some food in him so I can get a fecal sample for the vet to test, but I can't get him to eat.


   

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