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List of Feeding Tricks for Non-Feeders
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:07 AM   #21
Non-eaters do worry me until I get them eating, but you say yours is 2 months old and hasn't eaten for 15 days. That must mean he's already eaten for you several times. If that is true he may be getting ready to shed. Some of my hatchlings won't eat just prior to a shed. Nanci's blog has a post regarding non-feeders, and I've used several of her methods. Just scroll down to her "member's blog." What has worked for me well was heating chicken broth very hot and soaking a pinkie in it for 5 minutes. Put it in a deli cup to cool for 10 minutes and place the hatchling in the cup. Cover the cup and leave it alone for a while. Some like to leave the snake in the deli cup for hours, or even overnight, but mine usually ate within 15 minutes or not at all.

Don't ask me why, but my snakes love the scent of the dryer sheets we use to soften our clothes. I took one of the "used" dryer sheets and rubbed it on the head of a pinkie and presented it to a non-feeder and it ate within minutes. I may try swabbing the head of a pinkie lightly with one of my wife's perfumes the next time I have a non-feeder.
Old 10-30-2018, 10:44 AM   #22
I haven't had my corn snake his whole life. I purchased him 15 days ago and since I have had him, he hasn't eaten. The person I had bought him from had him for the first 2 months of his life.
Old 10-30-2018, 09:26 PM   #23
If you have a gram scale give us a weight and we can give you a guess as to whether he has eaten much. Or contact the prior owner and see if he was eating regularly. If he has eaten unscented pinkies already, I would stick to them. However, I have had corns refuse to eat mice from a specific supplier, only to readily accept mice from a different supplier.
Old 05-09-2019, 02:12 AM   #24
I agree with you. They are quite confusing.

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