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Posted by Mancuso on December 05, 2002 at 00:31:39:
In Reply to: Re: Problem Feeder posted by Brandon Osborne on December 03, 2002 at 00:42:33:
:::Have you pissed her off real good yet.
:::: I've witnessed limited cadual luring and have tried to entice a strike through contact at key points. She still seems too passive. Thanks for the suggestion though.
::Yes I have pissed her off pretty good she just seems too passive. I can go in the cage and touch her if I'd like (though I'm trying to keep her as stress free as possible) she just seems not to be aggressive enough and it affects feeding. Also, as far as heating the mice up pretty hot, I find that when they are wet the water makes the mouse cool down much faster and drying them seems to lose heat too. I will keep on trying and if she takes you guys will be the first to know. Oh, also, this heat issue brings up another thing I just heard which may or may not be true. Does heating mice in hot water affect the nutritional value of the mice? Your thoughts?
:I don't know about the nutritional value of heated mice, but try heating them in a plastic baggy in hot water. This will keep the mouse dry and warm a little longer. The problem with getting them too hot, is that they will turn to sludge. They tend to fall apart.
I am so out of ideas. This snake is a plump juvenile and she was obviously eating very well for Rico, but not for me. My setup seems fine, temps are OK, but she will not strike. I annoyed her so much tonight that I'm sure any other snake would strike. She seems so passive during feeding time and when I annoy her she just moves to another perch. I am very very frustrated right now, what do you guys think I should do? It's nearing 2 months of refusing and I havent been too worried for a while because of her girth, but she needs to eat soon. No "tricks" seem to do anything so I assume something must be wrong with my set-up, but what? She is in a 15 quart, in a rack system (maybe its a problem that the heat comes from the bottom?) with paper towel as substrate, plastic perches, and a water bowel. Any problems? I'm not just looking for help with feeding, I will continue to try, but I need suggestions on what I should do. Should I try to get a refund? Should I try to get another snake from the breeder? I just want whats best for the snake. I'm not new to tree pythons and I am baffled by this snake, and the fact thats it's not a neonate renders many of the "tricks" useless.