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. Someone on this group (can't remember who) recommended waiting a week to build up their gut flora before feeding ... did was coil around it, but made no attempt to eat it. Is that what they normally do before feeding?

Are the pinkies you're currently feeding it F/T (frozen/thawed)? If so, have you considered trying a live one? They're warm to begin with and movement might stimulate the snake to strike/eat.

Robert J. Salvi, Ambiance Acoustics
http://www.ambianceacoustics.com
San Diego, CA USA
(858) 485-7514
Call me an alarmist if you will, but if I have an apparently healthy snake that has proper environmental parameters and repeated regurgitations, my first thought is crypto. My second (and much less frightening) thought is parasitism.
As a safety precaution I would isolate this snake from any others you may have. I would also get a fecal sample (I know - hard to do with a regurging snake) to the vet and if there is another regurg take in a saliva sample too.
Good luck!
-M
. 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 : )

I learned about it from a post someone else posted a year or two ago regarding regurgitating snakes
To be on the safe side, we dropped him off at the reptile vet today. They said they'd run tests on him, and that we could most likely pick him up tomorrow.
They felt it was a good idea to test snakes for parasites, especially if
you buy the snake from an unfamiliar seller.
I'll ask about crypto and let you know what the results are.
To be on the safe side, we dropped him off at the reptile vet today. They said they'd run tests ... you buy the snake from an unfamiliar seller. I'll ask about crypto and let you know what the results are.

Good choice. Don't worm the animal unless there is need to do so, it could be low gut flora, dehydration or stress and a dose of worming meds will compound these problems.
Update:
Vets' keeping him another day. His receptionist says "no need to worry at this point".
Let's hope.
We got the snake home today. Everything tested for internal parasites came up negative.
The doc wasn't in when we picked him up, and he didn't leave any notes for possible reasons why the snake is regurgitating. Maybe it's an adjustment thing.
We'll keep him quiet in his tank until the weekend and then we'll try the feeding again.
We'll keep him quiet in his tank until the >weekend and then we'll try the feeding again.

Jim, please, no handling.
NO HANDLING !
Do not remove the snake from it's enclosure for feeding. Introduce the prey item quietly and carefully near but not on top of or beside the snake.
Your snake has shown inclination to feed on it's own. This means that it is otherwise healthy.
Keep this in mind. A snake that's willing to feed is healthy.

I hope the vet didn't cost you too damn much.
Cheers,
Kurt
Thanks Kurt.
Your suggestion is well taken. The total vet bill
came to $60. Adding the vet bill to the purchase price for the BP took the total up to what we would have paid for a healthy local snake that had already shed and fed before leaving the store. Six months ago, Curley, the albino eastern milksnake's death may have prevented had we taken her to a vet. The circumstances are different, but I didn't want to loose another snake for failing to get tx. We're "not out of the woods" yet, but we can rest easier.
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