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Posted by markg on April 29, 2003 at 09:51:02:
In Reply to: My rosy won't eat!!! (long) posted by butterflybaby on April 29, 2003 at 02:39:00:
What substrate are you using? What kind of cage (i.e. glass tank?) Do you have hides in the cage?
The warm side should be 83-85 degrees, achieved with an undertank heater if possible. Use a lamp dimmer to keep the temp at a reasonable level. The cool end can be anything in the 65-78 deg range. The snake should be able to hide in the warm end or cool end.
Sometimes rosies can be sensitive to the substrate. The substrates that are used by many folks with success include aspen, newspaper or paper towels, Care-Fresh and Sani_Chip (tiny hardwood chips.) My opinion is stick with one of those substrates.
I don't know why your rosy isn't eating. It doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong, or it could indicate a husbandry problem. Sometimes a young rosy takes a little time to start eating. Rarely you get one that is a real pain. Sometimes feeding in a paper bag works well. Just make sure the caging and temps are correct, and try feeding in a small deli cup or paper bag. Don't disturb the snake much and don't do any unnecessary handling. Rosies can be very shy, and mid-Baja rosies are no exception. Good luck.