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Female 2 y.o. corn not eating
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:30 PM   #1
Female 2 y.o. corn not eating

Hi all! I've been reading here and elsewhere that males seem to go off feed at this time of year because of mating season. We bought our corn, Zaya, as a (supposedly) sexed female and she has refused to eat her mice the past 2 weeks. We're worried because she hasn't refused to eat since we first got her 2 years ago as a tiny thing. Do females ever go off food at this time of year also?

She seems very active, healthy, and strong. She looks very female to us, but could the people who sexed "her" have made a mistake because she was so tiny at the time? Today she weighs 246g and last time we measured her shed it was 38", but that was 2 sheds ago. She's currently in a terrarium that's a bit too small, but we spied a larger one earlier at Pet--- that we are going to pick up later today or tomorrow.

Does anyone have any suggestions? How long is she ok without eating, or before we should take her to a vet?

Thanks so very much for any help!!
Old 04-28-2019, 06:39 PM   #2
Most breeders "pop" the small corns or hatchlings in an attempt to visually see the hemipenes. While this is usually successful, it is not guaranteed 100% of the time with very small corns. I've had three well known snake breeders make mistakes using the popping method. Two of the mistakes turned out to be males instead of females. kind of ruins a person's long range breeding plans. It is possible that your corn is indeed a male, but probing is the only way to verify it. Rather than asking a vet to do the probing, which will probably be expensive, you may want to ask any local snake breeders or herp societies in your area if someone can assist you. In any event, going off feed for weeks or even months is no big concern unless the corn is losing weight. In some instances I've had virgin females go off feed for two weeks just before they laid slug eggs.
Old 04-28-2019, 10:26 PM   #3
Thank you very much for the information Twolunger; we appreciate it. I guess we will wait another 2 weeks to see what happens and keep an eye on her weight and condition. In the meantime, we did bring home her new "house".

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