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Friend having an Eastern Issue

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Posted by: OrangeHeterodon at Wed Feb 5 08:46:31 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by OrangeHeterodon ]  
   

One of my friends has been inspired to keep an eastern hognose snake because he fell in love with the ones I have.

His issue is that the snake is currently refusing toads. The temperature of warm side of the cage is 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the cool end is 71. The cage has a sand-EcoEarth mix loam to allow the snake to easily burrow and for the substrate to retain enough moisture to hold shape. It has plenty of areas to hide and a water dish large and deep enough for it to soak. It is a small female, sub adult or young adult, 18-20 inches long.

My friend has been offering southern toads and the snake hasn't even tried to eat one. The snake WAS out in the cold so probably is more focused on saving energy than eating right now but after 3 weeks in captivity I would have thought that it would be warm enough to be willing to eat by now.

I would just reduce temperature and wait until march and possibly get some toads that are a little bit smaller but my friend wants the hognose to feed as soon as it can because it is rather thin.

Any tips to get it to feed sooner or should I just tell him to try and reduce temps a while longer?


   

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