Last night my lavendar phase adult male kingsnake, who has recently shed and is a good eater, declined his food and acted 'frightened' of it. I don't brumate them although I know that, UTH or overhead light or not, you can't stop their sense of the barometer. It's been COOLD in the East, in PA. However, you ever have this happen? If so, any 'explanations' or guesses?
And no, I'm not getting nervous yet again about a snake eating, I'm asking a question only.
Last night my lavendar phase adult male kingsnake, who has recently shed and is a good eater, declined ... in the East, in PA. However, you ever have this happen? If so, any 'explanations' or guesses?

I've had some snakes act afraid of their prey when they weren't in the mood to eat. I just chalked it up to "LEAVE ME ALONE!! ARR!!!" and offered again the next week.
Here's hoping your babies take a hint from mine! Even Miss Sabba ate her rat this week. Still haven't attempted the rubber boa, but soon.

fr0glet
Dr. Horwitz,
I wouldn't be concerned at this time. I keep my snake room toasty warm during the winter months; but from what I've experienced, reptiles don't adjust their feeding regiment based solely on the temperature. As the days begin to shorten, I notice a marked decline in my snake's feeding interests; especially the ball pythons. The corns and milks do continue to feed year round, but with less frequency. When the days begin to lengthen, the feeding interests increase proportionally.

As far as your snake acting "frightened" over his food, that too; seems to be a common response from a snake not in the mood to eat. I've noticed that behavior in all of my snakes. I know that some snakes can be enticed to strike at a food item by agitating them with it, but mine usually just jerk away in they're not hungry. When one does strike, it's more of a half hearted attempt to say "Leave me alone, dammit!"

Try again in a week or so, and you might be surprised.

Good luck, and stay safe;
KBC
Oh, I'm not worried a bit, and I think you are both quite right.
Oh, I'm not worried a bit, and I think you are both quite right.

My Western hognose has refused the last 3 feeds out of 4, and I was starting to get stressed by it, but I remember he did this last year ... refused to feed for around 3-4 mths. I think it's time I brumated/hibernated him for the winter.
Chloe

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Last night my lavendar phase adult male kingsnake, who has recently shed and is a good eater, declined ... or guesses? And no, I'm not getting nervous yet again about a snake eating, I'm asking a question only.

Barbara,
You are correct in not worrying too much over your Kingsnake going off its food...this is normal at this time of year for many colubrid sp. from North America.
As far as acting "afraid" of its food, this too is normal when a snake is in a non-feeding mode.
As for me, one of my Ball Pythons has now reached its 6th month of non-feeding...love them but they drive me crazy.
~Wade