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RE: Eating When Covered

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Posted by: OrangeHeterodon at Thu Sep 19 12:40:43 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by OrangeHeterodon ]  
   

I have an adult male that is the same, only takes his food when I put it in his cave. I can take him out and put him in a covered spot elsewhere but he doesn't even think about food, just about hiding. I keep trying to add more ground cover and deeper substrate to his cage to make him feel more secure but it just doesn't work. Could be that all my snakes are educational snakes and get handled a lot, but even if he hasn't been handled in a few months he is like that. I reckon mine is just shy.

And it does make more sense for your 2-month to do that. She is less than a year so she is likely trying to instinctively hide from predators while she eats. At her size in the wild most prey would be in a secluded area any how, and snakes usually don't eat if it threatens their life to do so.

Handle it some while it doesn't have food to warm it up to you, interact calmly with it (don't poke it to make it hiss for example), and eventually it should eat in the open.

No idea whats up with mine though, I treat it nice, students treat it nice, and yet it only eats while in its cave (and only the cave not other cover in its cage) and it only takes pinkies (hopefully I can get it onto fuzzies soon).


   

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