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New ball that is scared of food


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Posted by kith on May 09, 2003 at 20:22:48:

In Reply to: New ball that is scared of food posted by Craig W on May 09, 2003 at 12:44:33:

How much should I handle her? as long as she is calm, a lot, very little? she often likes to curl up on my stomach while I read. I have heard both handle more and handle less to deal with balls that won't feed.


Thanks a lot

Kith
:Wait a week or two, then try again with a thawed mouse.

::I got a ball python about 5 weeks ago, supposedly 8 months old and agressivly feeding on live mice/small rats she is about 40 inches, and I was told, she was 750 grams. she has refused to eat for me. She shed once, full shed. I have tried feeding her mice, live and fresh kill, and a live small rat. She shows signs of being afraid of the food, she will ball up when it gets near her, or move away from it. I have tried handling her more, I have tried handling less, day time, night time in her cage, out of her cage, while she was in her hide, letting her strike from hanging from my arm into a container with the mouse. I am stumped. She is still pretty fat, starting to get a little bit lumpy looking.

::Does anyone have ideas for how I can get her to eat?

::Thanks,

::Kith
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