Just wanted to share my first baby Ball Python feeding: it had been 1 week since she was fed last according to the store I bought her from. She had been hunting/prowling all day; we made the 30 mile trip to pick up some pinkies...they looked so small*, I figured as hungry as she is 'one' will NOT be enough...I was right.Thank goodness I already had a pair of surgical Hemostats (come in handy when you build/repair PC's!!), otherwise I'm afraid she would have had my fingers *along with that poor pinkie! ; ) She grabbed it within 2 seconds of dangling it in front of her. Ecstatic experience!! But I must have made a mistake next....instead of waiting for her to finish her first 'kill', and helping her with the second, I just laid the pinkie on a log for her to 'kill herself'.

After swallowing the first pinkie, she went for the second, but she captured it 'in the middle', instead of from one end or the other...I was afraid she was never gonna get it turned* so she could swallow it! I almost panicked! I tried to *help her gently with the hemostats, but that only made her 'protect' it more fiercely within her coils...so I left her 'alone' (watching from afar), and somehow, with the help from rubbing against the log, this way and that, she re-positioned her prey to go down the right way! AWESOME!! My first 'feeding' with her was a great success...just had to share ; )
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Awesome mouse. I too have recently added a Ball Python to Casa de Agren. My female ate the first day and has been on a regular schedule of every 6 days.
For her first 3 feedings, I gave her 1 large mouse, but after the third, it seemed that she was searching for food after 2 or 3 days. The last time I gave her 2 small mice and she did great. The first one went in about 2 minutes and she got it down no problem. The second one went down about 10 seconds later. She was really on a tear. My BP also went from behind on the second one and also had a little bit of an ordeal getting it down, but after a bit of maneuvering she managed just fine.
Take care,
Carl
Awesome mouse. I too have recently added a Ball Python to Casa de Agren. My female ate the first day ... bit of an ordeal getting it down, but after a bit of maneuvering she managed just fine. Take care, Carl

you fed your snake the first day you had it?
john
you fed your snake the first day you had it? john

I fed Jool the amel corn a pinky as soon as I got her into the house. She snatched it immediately. Is there something wrong with feeding a new snake on the first day?
I assumed there wasn't as Ben told me she was due for a feed the day I bought her
:: you fed your snake the first day you had it?
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:: john
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: I fed Jool the amel corn a pinky as soon as I got her into the house. She : snatched it immediately. Is there something wrong with feeding a new snake
: on the first day?
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: I assumed there wasn't as Ben told me she was due for a feed the day I : bought her
I fed my hoggie on the day I got her, she ate and hasn't stopped since.
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My last two corns and Boa ate all the first evening. With the green tree pythons I was more cautious and let them without food for a week.

Anna
Yes I did. Is there a problem in doing that? She was actually due for her feeding the day I bought her, so..
Yes I did. Is there a problem in doing that? She was actually due for her feeding the day I bought her, so..

i have always held the view that an animal should have some time to adjust to a new environment. just because an animal eats doesn't mean that it is not stressed out. stress weakens the immune system among other things. all that plus a food item to digest can equal susceptibility to disease. stress can also cause a snake to reguratate. feeding your snake the first day you have it doesn't guaranty this will happen, but i figure why take the risk with an animal that can go months without eating?
john