hi, im new here...my ball python hasn't eaten for a month, and i can't figure out why. He's about 2 years old and is about 3 1/2-4ft long. We thought it was because his aquarium was too small, and we got him a new one because he was too big for the old one. but we moved him to it 2 weeks ago, and he seems to be happier, but he still won't eat. we feed him frozen small rats. Does anyone have any idea at all what may be causing him not to eat?
hi, im new here...my ball python hasn't eaten for a month, and i can't figure out why. He's about 2 ... feed him frozen small rats. Does anyone have any idea at all what may be causing him not to eat?

I'm new here, too. Emotion: smile
First question, is he a new pet or one you've had for a while? If he's new, do you know how and what he was eating before, and is it the same as you're giving him? If he's not new, has anything in your environment changed recently? Like have you moved his tank, or added something noisy or potentially stressful to the house?
As I understand it, balls are notoriously finicky eaters, and will often decide they're not going to eat for a month or two on the slightest whim, particularly if they're not captive born. You might try a gerbil to get his attention...that's closer to what they eat in the wild, and the smell is more 'naturally' attractive to him. I wouldn't worry too much yet ...a month to one that big isn't that big of a deal, but I'd check all the variables heat, humidity, day/night cycle just to make sure he's in his normal ranges.
Good luck,
Velvet
I have had a heck of a time feeding our four ball pythons f/t. They'd all eaten live mice, heartily, adult snakes, environment's right, first time offered they all ate the f/t, since then, nyet!
hi, im new here...my ball python hasn't eaten for a month, and i can't figure out why. He's about 2 years old

This is perfectly normal for ball pythons. They periodically go off their feed for a couple of months, it's part of their nature. The longest a ball has gone w/o food is over 2 years
hi, im new here...my ball python hasn't eaten for a month, and ican't figure out why. He's about 2 years ... wefeed him frozen small rats. Does anyone have any idea at all what may be causing him not to eat?

it might be that the rats are not warm enof. after you take them out of the frezer you should put the rat in a bag and put it in hot water. then it might think it is alive and willeat it
thanks all!! i didn't know they would stop eating like that...i've had him most of his 2 yrs of life, i got him when he was little...and i did just recently move him to the larger tank which isn't in the same spot as the other one...and we got a puppy, but he still ate after we got her, thanks again Emotion: smile
Both mine eat all year around at every offering, they are male and female.

this is how i keep them,
2 feet by 18 inch by 18inch viv with small glass windows in the doors(theydon,t like to sence movement)

4 inch hole drilled in to the bottom of the viv in to a drawer, the snakeslive in this drawer and only come out at night.
temps up in the viv around 85 ish
in the drawer (unnown!)
never feed them in the drawer of the viv, THEY HAVE BEEN TRAINED and have learnt that being put in a plastic box lined with newpaper means feeding time and they DO get all scaring and leary when they are in the feeding boxes and strike and any movement, they are coiled springs!

it you just get them out to look at them they are like kittens(without that horrid cat smell or the nasty claws and hair)
Cirquelover do you play with them? if you do and dont get me wrong i like to play with mine that's why i keep them, any way if you do them give it a miss
48 hours before you feed them and see if that helps. give hime a hide thathas a hole in the top so it feels like it's going down to hide and cover all but 2/3 of the front of your tank with paper so the snake can't make out any movement.
this is what i do, it's not the only way but it works for me.

I really hope this helps
Clem..aka shimbathesnake
try to scent .pinkys with gerbil .