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We thawed it with hot water. Ill try a paper bag, weve just been trying to feed her in a seperate tote so farCorn 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
We sadly can not feed live rodents, its against our store policyAs 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.
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.We sadly can not feed live rodents, its against our store policy
Could it be that moving them to the seperate tote stresses them out and they don’t want to eat?
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.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.
In my defence I'm not a big snake person and from what I know it sounded about right. Lol .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.