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Old 04-25-2019, 08:57 PM   #1
jckyeager
No weight gain

I canít really understand how itís possible but my corn snake Molly whoís a couple months old isnít gaining weight. When i first got her she would eat a pinky from forceps and seemed like a good eater, even taking two on her third feed. On her 4th feed she acted afraid of the pinky and wouldnít eat. I waited a couple days and left one in her viv overnight and she ate it. She hasnít ever gone over a week without eating, but refuses occasionally and never eats more than one. A few weeks ago she weighed 17 grams and i weighed her tonight at 16 grams. She appears to be healthy, she usually comes out to roam when the sun goes down and doesnít mind handling, but the weight gain canít be okay. Any ideas as to what could be wrong??
 
Old 04-25-2019, 09:01 PM   #2
jckyeager
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I canít really understand how itís possible but my corn snake Molly whoís a couple months old isnít gaining weight. When i first got her she would eat a pinky from forceps and seemed like a good eater, even taking two on her third feed. On her 4th feed she acted afraid of the pinky and wouldnít eat. I waited a couple days and left one in her viv overnight and she ate it. She hasnít ever gone over a week without eating, but refuses occasionally and never eats more than one. A few weeks ago she weighed 17 grams and i weighed her tonight at 16 grams. She appears to be healthy, she usually comes out to roam when the sun goes down and doesnít mind handling, but the weight gain canít be okay. Any ideas as to what could be wrong??
I forgot to mention sheís in a custom built viv measuring roughly 25x15x8 with a heat mat on a stat measuring 84-86 degrees with three hides and some fake plants.
 
Old 04-26-2019, 10:18 AM   #3
Twolunger
There are a few things that could be wrong, such as the digestive tract not developed enough to assimilate the nutrients, or poor nutrients in the pinkies. If your male is growing on the same prey items that you feed to Molly that may not be the case, however, nobody can answer the question. I can tell you what I would do. I'd try to get her growing enough to get her to eat small fuzzies. Growth seems to accelerate once off pinkies. I would buy Nutribac df, a product that stimulates the appetite and adds good gut bacteria. I also lightly dust the pinkies with essential vitamins. Mine are from Nature Zone. I try to get my hatchlings off pinkies as soon as possible.
 
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