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Posted by jfmoore on May 06, 2003 at 16:36:52:
In Reply to: Should I be Worried? Ball not eating...long post=) posted by Melissa1977 on May 06, 2003 at 09:35:29:
This is normal behavior for sexually mature ball pythons. You refer to your snake as “he”, so I’ll assume it is a male. Males typically fast for long periods; females which haven’t bred that year often resume feeding a little earlier than the males.
A male which I bred in 1983 just resumed feeding after 7 months; the previous year, he went 5 months without feeding; the year before that he went 8 months; and so on. Over time, you’ll soon learn what is “normal” for your individual animal.
:My husbands ball will be 4 yrs this fall.Last October he stopped feeding.For awhile I wasn't worried about it cause he's a great eater and his weight is good.I also thought he is finally in breeding mode(this is the first ball we've had to reach sexual maturity)it will pass.He still won't take anything.I've switched from large mice to rats,frozen to live to see if it triggers anything.He won't even look at his food.Seems quite frightend of it.He's never had a problem before this.He's been eating frozen since he was 4 months.His muscle tone is still VERY good.He's not dehydrated.Hasn't lost much weight either.I'm not sure what to do.I really don't want to force feed.I don't see how that could trigger a feeding response.Should I wait another month or two and see how he's doing than.My husband is very worried about him and now I'm getting a little concerned myself.He's not stressed out, has been in perfect health.The temp is fine as with the humidity.I've been increasing the amount of light he gets during the day to see if that does something.He has been very active during the past month.Help.