Am I doing all this right?

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Am I doing all this right?

Post by ROXANNE WO » Fri, 04 Jun 1999 04:00:00



I work in a pet store, and we got in some baby ball pythons.  One is
refusing to eat. It has had one shed which was spotty and poor. My boss
let me take it home to see if I can get it feeding. I've got it in an
aquarium with a under tank heater, hide box and water dish.  I have been
misting to increase the humidity and keeping the tank covered to keep
the humidity up and provide a quiet place. After it was at my house for
a couple of days, we offered a pinkie but it was not interested.  Are we
doing things right? Is there anything else we should be doing? Thanks
for your help.
Roxanne
 
 
 

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Post by mick » Sat, 05 Jun 1999 04:00:00


The under tank heater should be under only one corner and the hide box on
top of that corner.Do you have any overhead heating?If so there should also
be a spot where it can find some cooler temps.I wouldn't be misting the
tank as you have water in there if you are worried about dehidration,being
young and not eating it might not be well in which case it could get
respiratory problems.As far as feeding goes you may have to try some other
things to get some food into it like small skinks or frogs just to keep it
going.You havn't said how old it is so i don't know how long it hasn't fed
but at this point you may have to try and get anything in to it just to
keep it's strength up.If that fails you may have to resort to force feeding
it which isn't that hard with a bit of guidence.
I hope that has helped and good luck with it,i admire anyone who takes on
sick animals and if you need anymore help feel free to email me.
Mick.



Quote:
> I've got it in an
> aquarium with a under tank heater, hide box and water dish.  I have been
> misting to increase the humidity and keeping the tank covered to keep
> the humidity up and provide a quiet place. After it was at my house for
> a couple of days, we offered a pinkie but it was not interested.  Are we
> doing things right? Is there anything else we should be doing? Thanks
> for your help.
> Roxanne

 
 
 

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Post by Mark Blount-Stonha » Sat, 05 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Ball pythons eat frogs?  I didn't know that.  This could change
everything....



Quote:
>The under tank heater should be under only one corner and the hide box on
>top of that corner.Do you have any overhead heating?If so there should also
>be a spot where it can find some cooler temps.I wouldn't be misting the
>tank as you have water in there if you are worried about dehidration,being
>young and not eating it might not be well in which case it could get
>respiratory problems.As far as feeding goes you may have to try some other
>things to get some food into it like small skinks or frogs just to keep it
>going.You havn't said how old it is so i don't know how long it hasn't fed
>but at this point you may have to try and get anything in to it just to
>keep it's strength up.If that fails you may have to resort to force feeding
>it which isn't that hard with a bit of guidence.
>I hope that has helped and good luck with it,i admire anyone who takes on
>sick animals and if you need anymore help feel free to email me.
>Mick.



>> I've got it in an
>> aquarium with a under tank heater, hide box and water dish.  I have been
>> misting to increase the humidity and keeping the tank covered to keep
>> the humidity up and provide a quiet place. After it was at my house for
>> a couple of days, we offered a pinkie but it was not interested.  Are we
>> doing things right? Is there anything else we should be doing? Thanks
>> for your help.
>> Roxanne

--
Mark Blount-Stonham
 
 
 

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Post by James Strompoli » Sat, 05 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Try feeding it a small gerbil.  That's one of their natural prey items.
Don't bother with frogs or lizards.  Those are not something ball pythons
normally eat.

--

James Strompolis
Aleph Consultants, Inc.


Quote:
> I work in a pet store, and we got in some baby ball pythons.  One is
> refusing to eat. It has had one shed which was spotty and poor. My boss
> let me take it home to see if I can get it feeding. I've got it in an
> aquarium with a under tank heater, hide box and water dish.  I have been
> misting to increase the humidity and keeping the tank covered to keep
> the humidity up and provide a quiet place. After it was at my house for
> a couple of days, we offered a pinkie but it was not interested.  Are we
> doing things right? Is there anything else we should be doing? Thanks
> for your help.
> Roxanne

 
 
 

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Post by BATm » Sat, 05 Jun 1999 04:00:00


I would try a live fuzzy or even a hopper the young PB should have no
problem eating either one. If the PB doesn't eat it in about 30 to 45
minutes remove the mouse and try again later.   Also consider that the
move to it's new home can and probably did stress out the snake so it
may be a few days to a week before it might start eating. To help with
the bad shed soak you snake in warm water this should loosen up the
skin and allow you to remove it.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Brent


->I work in a pet store, and we got in some baby ball pythons.  One is
->refusing to eat. It has had one shed which was spotty and poor. My
boss
->let me take it home to see if I can get it feeding. I've got it in
an
->aquarium with a under tank heater, hide box and water dish.  I have
been
->misting to increase the humidity and keeping the tank covered to
keep
->the humidity up and provide a quiet place. After it was at my house
for
->a couple of days, we offered a pinkie but it was not interested.
Are we
->doing things right? Is there anything else we should be doing?
Thanks
->for your help.
->Roxanne

 
 
 

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Post by Nathan Ten » Sat, 05 Jun 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>Ball pythons eat frogs?  I didn't know that.  This could change
>everything....

I've never heard of them taking cold-***ed prey.  I can't guarantee that
I've heard everything, but I've been working with balls for a number of
years now, and I'd think if they were likely to take lizards or frogs that
everybody's bag of feeding tricks would have expanded to take that into
account...

There are a whole bunch of techniques suggested in the Advanced Vivarium
Systems _Ball Python Manual_.  The most important one is not to panic.

        NT
--
Nathan Tenny                     | Words I carry in my pocket, where they
Qualcomm, Inc., San Diego, CA    | breed like white mice.

 
 
 

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Post by Patrick Alexande » Sun, 06 Jun 1999 04:00:00


: Ball pythons eat frogs?  I didn't know that.  This could change
: everything....

        Erm.  Methinks this guy doesn't know what he's talking about.
Ball pythons don't eat frogs or lizards, or at least not often enough to
have warranted any mention in the many books written about them.

  Patrick Alexander

        "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."

                --Henry David Thoreau