> Posted and mailed.
> >I have a 9 month old Ball that will not eat. I have tried pinkies, mice,
> >and small rats (both alive and pre-killed).
> Good start. The usual magic trick is to offer a gerbil; balls prey on them
> in the wild, but not on Swiss Webster mice or Norway rats, so they often
> recognize gerbils as food items more readily than the others. (Be careful
> about feeding live gerbils; them little suckers is tough! Prekilled is best,
> stunned a second choice, and if you absolutely must offer a fully functional
> gerbil, monitor the feeding process *very* closely.) You might also use a
> gerbil or gerbil litter to scent other feeders. Brained pinkies work well for
> a lot of people, as does feeding in a pillowcase (put the snake and a
> *prekilled* feeder in a pillowcase or bag and leave them overnight---*IN* the
> vivarium, or you'll wake up to an empty pillowcase!).
way I can control them.
> Manual_; it's by Philippe de Vosjoli and should be available at finer pet
> stores everywhere. It contains a whole bunch of suggestions on getting
> reluctant feeders started, and is an excellent investment anyway. I don't
> remember how much it costs, but I'm 99 and 44/100% sure it's under $20.
> generally no need to worry unless the snake starts losing weight or showing
> signs of ill health.
> Good luck. The usual pattern, BTW, is that you drive yourself to distraction
> trying to get the snake to eat, and it waits until you've nearly given up
> before suddenly, inexplicably, downing a meal and looking at you with a
> superior expression.
gerbil fuzzy and a gerbil-scented rat.