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Snake acting weird and not eating.

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 09:22 PM
It started about a month ago. I was going on a trip to Texas for about 2 weeks, so I told my dad to feed my snake. While I was in Texas my dad called and said while he was trying to feed my snake he jumped and hid. My dad couldn't feed my snake, so when I got back I fed him, but if I tried to grab him he'd speed away. The same thing happened the next week. Last week I tried to feed him, but he wouldn't move at all and when I reached for him he tried to bite me, which he has never done before. Then this week he still wouldn't let me pick him up. He shed pretty recently, like 3 weeks ago, so I'm pretty sure it's not that. Does anyone have any idea why he's not eating? :bounce:

danielle
09-15-2009, 09:32 PM
Have you actually tried to feed him or just tried to pick him up? Just wrangle the sucker he's probably biting and acting jumpy because he's hungry. Firm fast swipe in, grab, put in feeding bin with food secured in the bin well. Leave him alone to eat in the dark and I'm sure it will gone in an hour or so:)

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 09:39 PM
I tried wiggling the mouse right in front of him and he didn't even budge.

danielle
09-15-2009, 09:43 PM
Yeah that may be your problem. Some snakes do not want to be tease fed like that it can scare them. How long have you had the snake and what is it's age. Get a plastic bin with lid, drill or melt some holes in for ventilation and feed in there if possible so he's not eating the aspen too. Leave him be in the bin no peeking, snooping, or moving around for an hour with just him and the mouse. Given privacy, dark environment, and no scary human hand he will probably eat just fine:)

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 10:08 PM
I already feed him in his been, usually I can just pick him up and put him in it and he doesn't care.

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 10:11 PM
I already feed him in a plastic bin*

danielle
09-15-2009, 10:20 PM
So have you tried to put him in his bin recently to eat? Like actually picking him up and putting him in with food, leaving him be alone for a few hours, and then rechecking. If you need help you have to answer questions or no one understands what the issue is so...

how old is snakey?
How long have you had snakey?
When is the last time he ate?
What kind and size of meal do you feed him and how often?
How do you warm his food, do you slit it, feed f/t, or live?
Why do you think he won't eat in the bin have you tried leaving him in there like mentioned above?

If your scared by his behavior and are not taking him out fearing the bite it really doesn't hurt just get over it and do it:)

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 10:34 PM
He's about 4 years old, i had him since he was a baby. The last time he ate was about 2 weeks ago. I feed him dead hopper mice every week. I just warm the mouse in a bowl of warm water. I haven't been able to get him into his bin, because he's in a pretty big cage my dad built. If I reach for him he just runs away to the other side, so I have to walk around to get him and then he just runs to the other side. I know it doesn't get hurt to get bitten, I've been taking care of my brother's boa constrictor and it's bitten me several times.

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 10:34 PM
Also I've taken care of the boa constrictor before and my snake has never had a hard time eating, so it's not that.

danielle
09-15-2009, 10:48 PM
I may suggest small adult mice for an adult corn.....yearlings eat hoppers. You just have to grab him fast I still don't get the I can't get him part if the cage is that big climb on in,lol Seriously 2 weeks is no emergency or even a month being he's grown, but the hungrier they are the moodier they get. Grab whatever part of him you can and gently pull him towards you adjusting your hands higher and higher as he becomes more available. Most do run and hide when they see you reaching for him thats normal behavior:)

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 10:57 PM
It's not like a normal cage, the things about 6 feet tall and 4.5 feet long. My dad built it several years ago for when my brother had some iguanas, so we decided to use it for my snake. I'll try to feed him tomorrow night, and I'll report what happens. Thanks for the help.

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 11:07 PM
The cage isn't like a normal cage, it's about 6 feet tall and 4.5 feet long. My dad built it for when my brother had some iguanas, so we decided to just use it for my snake. I'll try feeding him again tomorrow, and I'll report what happens. Thanks for the help and advice.

Arkanic
09-15-2009, 11:08 PM
Lol whoops, didn't mean to do that. My internet isn't working so well tonight.