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Old 01-31-2021, 01:11 PM   #1
Nicktendo
Question Weird behavior

Hello, I am a new snake dad. I got my first snake in November 2020. The night I brought him home he regurgitated his food the reptile shop had fed him that day. 2 weeks later he died. They offered me another anery corn snake that hadnít missed as much meals. She was doing great until she had regurgitated her food 2 weeks ago. Sheís been kinda acting like my first snake did before he died but I could just be paranoid. Sheís still eating her pinky in about a minute. My first snake the only meal he ever ate in my care took him like 10 minutes. When I got juju (the 2nd corn snake) she had shed right before I got her on November 30th. Itís January 31 and she still hasnít shed. Am I doing something wrong? Am I going to lose her like I lost my first one because she regurgitated? Iím stressed out and paranoid! It doesnít seem like sheís growing much since I got her. Should I go up to 2 pinkies every week? Her feeding card that she had from reptile shop started on 9/12/2020 so that would make her almost 5 months old.
Sheís got a humid hide and Iím always checking the temperature. Ever since she regurgitated I got a red light to put on at night so the hot side is constantly warm now. She used to come out and explore but I have noticed she is hiding more often now. Maybe she has done all the exploring she needed and now is lazy? I just donít want to lose my baby like my first corn snake. She is flicking her tongue fast and itís still forked. Iíve been keeping an eye on everything. I just donít know why she isnít growing much or hasnít shed in 2 months of having her and if she is going to die from regurgitating her food like what happened to my first baby corn snake.. Iím constantly worrying about my baby
 
Old 01-31-2021, 01:27 PM   #2
Nicktendo
she looks exactly like this. I can post an actual picture later if need be
 
Old 01-31-2021, 02:40 PM   #3
Frank Pinello
Do worry yet. A regurgitation and being less active may mean the beginning of a shed cycle. Skip the next feeding and check once a day on his/her color fading and cloudy eyes. If you see the color fading leave the snake alone until after it sheds.
If it doesnít go into a shed cycle feed it after you skip a week of feeding.
Good Luck.
 
Old 01-31-2021, 03:21 PM   #4
Nicktendo
She’s eaten like 3 or 4 times since she regurgitated. Most recent was about 36 hours ago and there’s no lump anymore like it’s been digested. Her eyes still look normal and it doesn’t seem like she’s grown much in the past 2 months. Then again it’s hard to notice growth when you look at them everyday
 
Old 01-31-2021, 03:23 PM   #5
Nicktendo
So question for you Frank. Do snakes survive regurgitation most of the time and my first snake was just a rare case that it caused him to pass? Is there a good chance my Juju will survive?
 
Old 01-31-2021, 03:25 PM   #6
SnakeCreations
For peace of mind, I suggest investing in a scale that can weigh in grams. This will help you monitor growth and give you a better picture about appropriate prey size.

Good luck!

Tonya
 
Old 01-31-2021, 03:27 PM   #7
Nicktendo
Thank you tonya. I will definitely do that! Do you have a link to a chart or something to tell me how many pinkies based on weight and when I need to go bigger?
 
Old 01-31-2021, 08:30 PM   #8
SnakeCreations
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Thank you tonya. I will definitely do that! Do you have a link to a chart or something to tell me how many pinkies based on weight and when I need to go bigger?
I am a fan of the munson plan (use the search function in this forum to find it). I modify it a bit for breeding females, and some individual snakes. What I like most about the guide is that you get an idea of the appropriate size prey based upon the weight of your snake, no matter how often you feed her. It's difficult to purchase mice online, or even from a local store, that is 1 1/2 times the width of your snake if you cannot visually compare. I'm sure that the people at petco would frown upon me pulling mice out of their freezer...

For how how often I feed, it truly depends upon the snake and my work schedule. I loosely follow the chart and shake things up all the time. I make a plan at the beginning of the week and try to meet those feeding schedules. Watch your snake, she'll give you cues and you'll know when she starts to look a little thick, or lean for that matter. Every snake is different. I've heard many reputable breeders say that slower growth is better and healthier for your snake.

Good luck!

Tonya
 
Old 01-31-2021, 09:16 PM   #9
Rich Z
Regurgitation can be pretty serious in baby snakes. Sometimes it is just two strikes and they are down for the count, so you have to be careful.

What I used to do when I had a baby regurge, was to put it on a regimen of feeding it just a single very small decapitated pinky mouse head for the next three meals. In a pinch, you could use a small section of mouse tail as well. That seemed to allow their system to stabilize enough for them to take a full meal. I tried to feed them on a 5 to 7 day schedule, depending on the work load.

I also would sometimes administer a very tiny dose of Flagyl (Metronidazole) that seemed to be helpful. Sometimes moving a baby snake to a different area exposes them to different bacteria in the water, which in some individuals can cause digestive problems.
 
Old 01-31-2021, 10:52 PM   #10
hypnoctopus
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I also would sometimes administer a very tiny dose of Flagyl (Metronidazole) that seemed to be helpful. Sometimes moving a baby snake to a different area exposes them to different bacteria in the water, which in some individuals can cause digestive problems.
This is what I have heard as well, but it doesn't really make sense to me. Metronidazole is an antibiotic (as in, kills bacteria), and the reason a snake will get into a regurge cycle is because the beneficial bacteria in the stomach has been depleted, so how does administering an antibiotic help? I guess maybe it just helps 'reset' them? Not trying to say you're wrong, just something I've been wondering about.
 
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