I'm worried about my corn snake. He won't eat...hasn't eaten in over 2 months. At first I thought it was him coming out of brumation and looking to mate, but he's gone through one shed and now is about to go through a second without having eaten. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with him..he's alert not frail or anything. How long can a snake go without eating?
He has eaten frozen (thawed) mice and now rats his entire life. I've put rats in over the past few weeks and he's come out to "sniff" but never to eat.
Any suggestions?
thanks!
David
Your snake may be constipated. Stick a Q-Tip gently into the anus (with some vaseline on the tip) and probe gently to dislodge any fecal matter that may be blocking it up.
I'm worried about my corn snake. He won't eat...hasn't eaten in over 2 months. At first I thought it was ... life. I've put rats in over the past few weeks and he's come out to "sniff" but never to eat.

They can go a /long/ time without eating, many months if they are not under stress. If they are otherwise behaving normally, I wouldn't fret too much about it and offer him something every two weeks or so. If nothing else has changed in his environment, you might consider offering him a smaller, less hairy and warmer critter to eat - e.g. rat fuzzy.
Also, if he's not too old, but just old enough, I've noticed my guys' food consumption went way down at around 2-3 years. I assume it's because they have stopped growing as quickly as they do initially, and are sexually mature - they are eating less than half of what they did their first few years.
I wouldn't worry unless he starts losing condition, or goes into the autumn without eating, in that case, I'd see a vet.

nj"that reminds me, I must feed the snakes"m

"I do not rhyme to that dull elf
Who cannot imagine to himself..."
I'm worried about my corn snake. He won't eat...hasn't eaten ... and he's come out to "sniff" but never to eat.

They can go a /long/ time without eating, many months if they are not under stress. If they are otherwise ... me, I must feed the snakes"m "I do not rhyme to that dull elf Who cannot imagine to himself..."

Thanks for the advice. I'm assuming all is fine for now.
You might try a freshly killed mouse by waving it in front of him with a pair of forceps. Two months is a little long but they can go quite awhile without eating.