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Posted by Rob Lewis on March 08, 2003 at 16:52:05:
In Reply to: baby KSB's still not doing well posted by meretseger on March 08, 2003 at 14:46:38:
You could try outright force feeding. I know a lot of people frown on force feeding, as do I in most cases, but I have had experiences (with other species) where it has just been necessary. Depending on how far you were able to get the pinky heads into the snakes mouth, the rest of the pink should follow RELATIVELY easily. If a whole pink seems too big, try pink parts. I recently got some young eyelash vipers (1.5g - 2.0g) started on pinky parts. I would take a frozen/thawed pink and cut off a leg/thigh combination and offer that. I did have to force feed one of these animals and I force fed the same leg/thigh combination. I have also had some success with small pieces of rat tail, both offering and forcing. I realize that these are different species but they were very small snakes and all took off and thrived. I hope this helps in some way. Please feel free to e-mail if you have questions. Good luck.
:You may remember my post about 3 baby KSB's I have that wouldn't eat. One of them has eaten, gained 2 grams, and shed. As for the other 2, one is down from 8 grams to 6, and the other from 6 grams to 4. For comparison, a quarter weighs 6 grams and a nickel weighs 4 grams. Since they have respectively lost 20% and 33% of their body weight, we're getting pretty worried. We tried assist feeding pinky heads, but it didn't work. I think on Monday we're going to go to the vet and pick up some catheters and syringes for tube feeding. Does anyone else have any advice? We've tried pretty much everything we've ever heard about. Fortunately, the snakes still seem pretty active.