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Posted by brad anderson on September 25, 2002 at 14:32:06:
In Reply to: Re: This is the ever popular, I can\'t feed my gray band snakes posted by The_Jaguar on September 25, 2002 at 09:47:47:
::i just helped a few of my no eatters by putting a small pinky in their mouth head first, most continued to consume their meal,ChristpherD
::There not working with me. I tried to force it in there mouths as far as I could and not constrict there passageway so they could continue to swallow it but they went out of there way to push it back up and presumed to get terribly annoyed at me. Does anyone out there know how long hatchlings last if they starve to death, it's just been 2 weeks so far.
:: I've never tried force feeding, I feel its a bit traumatic to them. How would you feel if some giant came along and tried to force a watermelon down your throat? Thats what I think of anyway when guys say they force feed their hatchlings. Whats worked for me is making a "stew" or "soup" out of frozen lizards that were put in a blender. I wash a pinkie off with boraxo soap, rinse it off real good, then mix it up in the stew and offer it to the hatchling. I try live washed pinks first and then if that doesn't work I try thawed out pinks the same way.
This has worked probably 80 - 90% of the time but there were still some that wouldn't eat. For the really stubborn ones I cool them down earlier [without any meals] and let them go into hibernation. If they still have enough body weight they will make it through the 10 - 12 weeks and have eaten on their own every time in the spring. Let me make it clear that these were hatchlings from mid Sept to mid Oct. If your hatchlings were born inAug. or early Sept. then its more important that you get a meal in them. Hope this helps a little. Remember a baby lizard is a lot better for them than nothing at all. There are a number of people who could get you a lizard if your in an area where you cant get them yourself. Good luck to you. Baby alterna can be very frustrating to get started sometimes. Brad A