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Posted by JDM on November 11, 2002 at 23:15:13:
In Reply to: Young ones that won't eat pinkies posted by Clintsky on November 07, 2002 at 21:14:42:
It is definitely difficult to get the little ones to eat. I can usually get some to take live pinks, some to take thawed pinks, some to take thawed scented pinks, some will feed if I put them in VERY tight place overnight with a scented pink(like in a very small [2"x1"x4"] cardboard box with a rock inside of it. When scenting mice with lizards, try washing the pinky first(in an attempt to remove some of the rodent smell). Also, try scenting with different kinds of lizards. If none of that works, offer lizards as meals in order to fatten up the little kingsnake and then put the animal into hibernation until spring. In spring, try all of the above steps again and you will have a much better chance of them taking pinks. sometimes you just need to put on additional body size for them to decide to accept pinks. Hope that helps, I have so far only been able to get half of my 2002 hatchlings to take pinks yet. The rest are in hibernation and should eat with fewer problems this spring.