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RE: Borneo Short Tail Not feeding

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Posted by: Sarge2004 at Sat Oct 17 08:47:37 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Sarge2004 ]  
   

Bloods are usually aggressive eaters but they can be stubborn at times. In my experience Bloods can take longer to acclimate to new surroundings and can stress easily. They don't like wide open spaces and like to hide by nature, so moving her out of that glass tank was a good idea. Covering part of that tub wouldn't hurt. Temp wise bloods often seek cooler temps. Try dropping the hot spot down to 85-86 and in turn get a lower cool zone. Not knowing your experience I am trying to offer some suggestions for help. I would try feeding her anytime now. Do feed her in her cage. If feeding frozen thawed rodents I would feed one on the small size for her first meal. Really warm up that rodent as heat will trigger the feeding response in bloods and has worked well for me with reluctant feeders. I have found that bloods don't like a lot of motion when food is presented. With a boa bumping the rodent on snakes nose usually results in a quick strike and wrap. Bumping a blood usually results in it not eating. I hold the rodent with tongs very still about one to two inches from the blood's nose. When they pick up on the heat they strike strongly. Bloods are nocturnal and I have had best result feeding at night. One that was stubborn to get eating was resolved when I would turn out the lights in the snake room and feed him in the dark. Interesting to say the least but he would take a warm rat with a vengeance in the dark. In my experience I have not had any good luck with just leaving a F/T rodent in with a blood over night. They seem to ignore it when it cooled down. Once you get her eating, she will eat regularly day or night. I wish you all the best with her and please ask if I can be of more help. Bill
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