Baby Snake Will Not Eat

Discussion in 'Reptiles' started by Princethepurplebetta, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. PrincethepurplebettaWell Known MemberMember

    Hi guys. I work at a pet store and our vendor sent a tiny tiny corn snake. We've had it 3 weeks now and it wont eat. We've tried the smallest pinkies we have, and im trying crickets atm. What else should we try?

  2. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    This might help. It sounds some what grousome.

  3. PrincethepurplebettaWell Known MemberMember

    How should i cut the pinky?
    This is the size of the snake compared to the pinky


  4. SuperD14Valued MemberMember

    Just along the skull I would assume? And squeeze a bit of brains out for the snake to taste.

  5. PrincethepurplebettaWell Known MemberMember

    It does have blood on it that shes not going for. Ill try cracking the skull. If she still doesnt eat it is there anything else to do for her?
  6. Annie59Well Known MemberMember

    Corn snakes don't eat crickets, it could stress it out if you leave them in the tank with it. Do you thaw the mouse?? I know silly question but I have to ask lol.

    Also try to put it in a brown paper bag where it can't see anything and put the mouse and snake both in it and roll the top down to keep them in the bag together for about an hour and then check to see if it ate. If not leave it a bit longer and check again in about a half hour.

    When I warm my mice up I use really hot water then once thawed I toss the water and again put it in hot water to warm it up more. I find they like the mouse pretty warm, sounds kinda nasty but I always feel the mouse's head to see if I feel ANY coolness that might indicate the brain is still cold/froze a bit. If so I will drain water and then add more hot water until the whole mouse is warm.

    Looking at the photo that snake can easily eat that size pinky :)
  7. PrincethepurplebettaWell Known MemberMember

    We thawed it with hot water. Ill try a paper bag, weve just been trying to feed her in a seperate tote so far
  8. SuperD14Valued MemberMember

    Could it be that moving them to the seperate tote stresses them out and they don’t want to eat?
  9. jjohnwmWell Known MemberMember

    As much as I abhor the idea of feeding live prey to snakes, this is a situation where that sometimes seems to help. Make sure that the tote you are attempting to feed in is kept in a suitably warm location, put in some paper towels or other material to act as cover, add a nice wriggly pinkie with the snake and then leave them alone for a few hours with the lights as dim as possible. Back when I was into reptiles I bred a lot of corn snakes and sand boas, and it wasn't uncommon for a baby to show reluctance to take its very first meal. This strategy worked almost every time.

    And as @Annie59 said, forget the crickets. Not only will they not be eaten, but leaving a flighty little snake in a small enclosure with 4 or 5 crickets crawling around and over it, as in that pic, will be very counter-productive.
  10. Annie59Well Known MemberMember

    I never feed outside of their enclosure. Never have. I see no reason too. I've heard all the horror stories of them eating the substrate and the one that says if you feed inside their tank it causes them to bite. I have never had either of those happen :)
  11. PrincethepurplebettaWell Known MemberMember

    We sadly can not feed live rodents, its against our store policy :(
  12. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Are live earthworms against policy? I forgot what snake, but some will go for earthworms if they're refusing pinkies. Also, I think the general verdict is to feed in their living container. Sure hope the little fellow feels better soon!
  13. Little Blue RamNew MemberMember

    You could try a reptile appetite stimulant if all else fails. I personally have never had much luck with it, but i know when i worked at Petsmart it worked about 50 percent of the time with ball pythons that refused to eat.
  14. jjohnwmWell Known MemberMember

    I support that policy whole-heartedly; I suggest this only as a one-time event. Feeding live rodents is dangerous for the snake and a very inhumane way to treat the mammal. Usually, once the first meal is taken, this doesn't need to be repeated.

    I generally agree with @Annie59 about feeding in the regular enclosure, but in this case (a pet store, lots of possible outside stimuli and distractions, potentially lots of stress) not so much. You'd have all the oohing and aahing from the up-and-coming mall ninjas, not to mention the inevitable suggestions from the meat-is-murder crowd about feeding the snakes an all-tofu diet (yes, I've gotten that more than once...). At least move the cage into a backroom or somewhere else quiet for the feeding attempt. Not a bad idea to try it at closing time and leave it overnight also. Once the snake begins feeding regularly, I still don't think you will want to feed it while on public display.
  15. Annie59Well Known MemberMember

    Yea I didn't mean to feed it in the store that way lol. That's probably the problem, bright lights and to much activity go in on around it.
  16. JLeeMWell Known MemberMember

    As far as the whole brain matter trick, that really helped my corn snake figure out feeding time. The skull of a pinkie is very brittle. I simply poked a little hole in the head (after thawing) and gently sqeezed it a tiny bit with the feeding tongs. Eventually, they should lock right onto the smell.
  17. Thedudeiam94Valued MemberMember

    Sometimes it just take some time. Snakes usually only eat once a month. Just give it some time maybe wait another week if the snake doesn’t seem interested then just be patient. It will eventually come around. Just hold the pinky with tongs and try making it look more natural adding some lively movements such as shaking or dragging it across the bottom of the enclosure also make sure the pinky is m warm to the touch (not too hot but “just right”) like Goldilocks and the three bears. Hopefully everything works out and it will be hungry in the next week or so.
  18. Annie59Well Known MemberMember

    Gotta do what they call the zombie dance with the mouse. Hold it by the scruff of the neck with your tongs and move it around like its alive. Unlike the the site that was posted up a bit do not tap the snake on the head with it.
  19. Annie59Well Known MemberMember

    No lol. No earthworms :)
  20. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    In my defence I'm not a big snake person and from what I know it sounded about right. Lol .