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The total vet bill came to $60.

Not for nothin' Jim, but $60.00 isn't all that bad. Don't forget veterinarians have eight years of college debt to pay for Emotion: wink.
Adding the vet bill to the purchase price for >the BP took the total upto what we would have >paid for a healthy local snake that had already shed and fed before leaving >the store.

Funny how it always ends up like that. Chalk it up to a learning experience.
First of all, I'm assuming you have yourself an '05 import!!?? I would try to feed him one more time and if he regurges (sorry, I'm sure he/she will) get him/her treated, as they will always want to eat but will regurge. I get a couple every year, now I just treat them as soon as they regurge. IMO, size of food isn't going to do anything. ALL of mine feed on hopper/med. mice!! ERIC
It is NOT neccassary to but your BP in a "feeding box", in fact, I find it to stress out hatchling BP's. I have quite a few BP's and I feed ALL of them right in the cage and they are not biters!!! You need to get him/her on a feeding schedule (at least 4-6 feedings WITHOUT regurging,if he regurges start over at 1) before you really want to start introducing him to the family!! ERIC
Last night, Saturday (this is the third week), we put a pinkie on the newspaper, over the heating pad. The cage has been coverd with a towel over the top and front to reduce movement distraction. Watching from a distance, we observed our BP eventually making his way over to the pinky. He sniffed it for a few seconds, moved his head like he was going to take a bite, but he did not open his mouth. He then wandered off. This morning, the pinky was still there, untouched.

ERIC, you stated :>I get a couple every year, now I just treat them as soon as
they regurge.<
Thanks for the response. Treat them how?
Rhonda: You started your baby BP's by feeding them just the heads (pinkies). How did you get them to eat the heads?

It wasn't BP's, they were hatchling vipers (can't remember species, it was 6 years ago). We tried everything to get them to eat and we decided to try force feeding. After killing one because the pinkie was too big, we cut the heads off the pinks. After, I think it was 3 force feeding sessions, they started eating the heads on their own. After their first shed after eating the 4 meals, we left the day old pinks whole. They ended up growing up nicely. They were two months old and refused all foods offered, including live pinks that's why we resorted to force feeding.
That's okay if he (she?) doesn't immediately eat...it will when it's ready. Just give it space and don't handle it or change its environment. Remember, the snake's been through alot lately a vet visit and a change of scenery in the cage so it needs to reacclimate itself.
I can't remember where I read it, but the author said when it comes to BP feeding, the pet owner generally feels more stress than the snake. So true. -) Be patient and give it a week before trying anything else.

My male the older of the two I have must've been wild caught because he didn't want to eat for close to 3 months. Needless to say, I was frustrated because my youngest is a captive born/bred female and she's an eating machine 12 months out of the year. About 3 weeks ago the male decided he was hungry and ate 2 small and 2 medium rats in 2 weeks! He's just over 4' in length so he has quite a bit of room for food.

About 17 years ago, my first foray into snake husbandry was a wild caught BP (4'). I had it for 9 months and it wouldn't eat.No way, no how. I tried mice, rats and chicks and it didn't want anything to do with any of them. Looking back, I made the mistake of all too often changing its environment which probably stressed an already stressed out snake even more. I ended up giving it back to the pet store. For the "problem child" to get as big as it was, it had to have eaten at one time or another.
The moral of all this is just to be patient. Survival is job #1 of any species so eventually, yours has to eat.

Robert J. Salvi, Ambiance Acoustics
San Diego, CA USA
(858) 485-7514
Thanks for sharing your experiences Robert. That's very helpful to know how you handled your BP situations.
Ok, here's some good news. Later this morning, we took another F/T pinkie and set it outside the front of his hide (he was taking a nap inside). A couple hours later we peaked over his towel, and the pinkie was stilll there. We talked about taking it out but decided to leave it in a little longer. We checked an hour later and it was gone! We thought that one of us had taken it out, but between the 3 of us, no one did.
So far so good. We will not disturb him at all for the next couple days and hopfully he will keep it down!!
See...patience might be paying off. Here's something to think about regarding patience:
If you have a potted flower and decide to monitor its growth by pulling it out of the pot every day and check its roots, think it'll grow...?

You're quite correct...no, it won't.

Robert J. Salvi, Ambiance Acoustics
San Diego, CA USA
(858) 485-7514
Wednesday.. so far, it's staying down. He's been pretty inactive since he ate Sunday.
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