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Posted by markg on April 10, 2003 at 15:10:04:
In Reply to: knob feeding? posted by apfjavi on April 10, 2003 at 11:44:46:
Knobs are mountain kingsnakes. As such, they are rather seasonal eaters. In the wild they may eat all they can find while the food is available. Later in the year during the hot, drier season, they may not feed much and stay underground to avoid the temps.
My approach to snakes like this is to feed them well while they are hungry. Later in the year when they may slow down or stop feeding, I don't worry about it. So, once or twice a week is fine depending on the size of the meal. If the meal causes a visible lump in the snake's body, then once a week is fine. You'll see as you go along. These snakes are not meant to be fat, but not too thin either before summer comes.
For shedding, you might want to give the snake a moist retreat until it sheds. A plastic shoebox with a hole cut out of the lid and either moist paper towels inside or some damp moss works well. The snake may enjoy a retreat like this even when not shedding. In that case let the box dry out for a day or so between mistings.