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My son has gently handled him for a few minutes everday, although the BP was placed back in his tank ... way till the bulge stopped somewhere in the middle. Maybe that few minutes of handling per day was too much.

When I first got my cornsnake (aged 2 mths) I was told to wait at least 24 hours before handling her, I assumed the same with my BP (I got him when he was about 2-3 mths old), neither of them have ever regurged a meal. They've refused a feed on occasion (the corn is currently refusing to feed, tho she's still healthy) and decided to wait until they're on my lap before ejecting the end result of digestion (AKA a great big stinky poop), but to date, never a regurg, here's hoping it stays that way!
Update:
OK, a week has gone by, and we've givin him another smaller pinky. With a little teasing he took it down, and put right back in his tank. He's pretty energetic right now, and I hope he settles down soon. I gave him some warm damp moss inside his half-log cork hide, (over the substrate and heating pad) with the goal that he'll be plenty warm once he curls back up in his hide.
My understanding is that it's critical that he keeps this pinky down and digests it, otherwise we take him to the vet, as per the vets instructions.
Here's hoping for the best..
Update:
Unfortunately, this morning he regurgitated again. It's been 24 hours, and we think it just happened. This time, the pinky looks 1/2 digested. The average ambient temp in his ten gal tank has been in the mid 80's and he hasn't been handeled.
Today's Sunday, and the vets closed.
I quess he'll be under the vet's care as of tomorrow. Think he'll be ok?
Robert,
Thanks for the response.
Yes, his hide is right over the heating pad, and the substrate is a mixture of moss and aspen bark. I will try your suggestion. I'd been worried the first time we fed him that mabye the tank wasn't warm enough.
I'll definatly use newspaper. If I use damp moss inside his hide, that will
deteriorate the newspaper so I'll go without inside the hide, and place it on the outside instead. I'll follow your plan and see what happens. Is his digestive system going to ready for another try by tonight?
If the hide was directly over the heating pad, the temp inside the hide was probably significantly higher than the ambient temp of the cage. Not good...especially since Ball Pythons blister quite easily when exposed to excessive heat. I also keep a towel over my cage so it stays warm, although my snakes are far larger and in a cooler environment (~ 70F room temp).

By placing the pinkie directly over the heating pad (on paper), it'll heat up nicely and your snake will get a good whiff of it. He'll let you know if he's ready to eat if the pinkie's gone by AM. When you check the next morning, try to stay as far away from the cage as possible while getting a glimpse of the pinkie's fate. If it's gone, stay away from the cage until the next morning and again, try to be as non-intrusive as possible when checking. If all looks good by Day 3, you might have a winner. I'd give it a week before I handle the snake after eating. And in the future, I wouldn't handle the snake for 24 hours before feeding it until it establishes itself as a good feeder (keeps the food down consistently).

If the snake does keep the food down, repeat the exact same procedure you followed this time for future feedings which may result in less stress on the snake.

Robert J. Salvi, Ambiance Acoustics
http://www.ambianceacoustics.com
San Diego, CA USA
(858) 485-7514
Shall do, Thanks.
I'll update as we go.
Is his digestive system going to ready for another try by tonight?

No, it's too soon to feed again. Someone on this group (can't remember who) recommended waiting a week to build up their gut flora before feeding again
Is his digestive system going to ready for another try by tonight?

No, it's too soon to feed again. Someone on this group (can't remember who) recommended waiting a week to build up their gut flora before feeding again

By flora, are you refering to beneficial bacteria? Do carnivorous reptiles really have that much of a digestive bacterial population?

griffin
. Someone on this group (can't remember who)
recommended waiting a week to build up their gut flora before feeding again.
I believe it was you : )
Do you think he would try to feed on his own befere his gut flora builds up?
We had to tease him with the pinkie to get him to take it before. First we put him in a shoe box with it, and all he did was coil around it, but made no attempt to eat it. Is that what they normally do before feeding?
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