Does anyone else have this problem with their snake? I'll buy some mice, toss one in the snake's cage, he strikes but the mouse gets away, and then he seems spooked and won't strike again and I'll have to remove the terrified mouse. But usually by the next day the snake has forgotten about it and will eat the mouse, but sometimes I've had to wait several days.

This happened last night, so now I've got 5 stinky mice to care for until he decides to eat, but I've got to do it quick because he always stops eating at the end of October and this year I've moved much further north so the day length is significantly shorter. These 5 mice are all he's going to get until March.
Does anyone else have this problem with their snake? I'll buy some mice, toss one in the snake's cage, he strikes but the mouse gets away, and then he seems spooked and won't strike again and I'll have to remove the terrified mouse.

Will the snake not eat prekilled mice?
Chris Brown wrote..., On 10/17/2005 09:31:
Does anyone else have this problem with their snake? I'll ... strike again and I'll have to remove the terrified mouse.

Will the snake not eat prekilled mice?

Hah! Someone said you have to train them to get used to killed mice, but I haven't tried. No, Henry the Gopher Snake only eats yumalicious live mice. Today he ate one of the five, then I coated the next with ReptoCal powder and that alone spooked him. He still isn't going after the successive uncoated mice, I hope he'll eat them tomorrow. Snakes are so incredibly stupid, I wonder how they survive in the wild...
"Reptiles are abhorrent because of their cold body, pale color, cartilaginous skeleton, filthy skin, fierce aspect, calculating eye, offensive smell, harsh voice, squalid habitation, and terrible venom; wherefore their Creator has not exerted his powers to make many of them."
Linnaeus; 1797
Chris Brown wrote..., On 10/17/2005 09:31:

Will the snake not eat prekilled mice?

Hah! Someone said you have to train them to get used to killed mice,

"Someone" was pulling your leg. I've had several of my snakes since they were hatchlings/newborn, and they've never seen live prey, let alone killed and eaten it.
I have a red-tail thats afraid of live food. If its not dead she just hides in the corner.