Ok, so it's past 3:30 am and I'm reading rec.pets.herp I start thinking about the corn snake I want to get some time in the future, and wonder what I should do if this situation happens:
It's the regular feeding time, and I try to feed the animal a mouse and it won't take it. I perforate the mouse's brain case, nothing. I warm up the mouse a little more, nothing, I dip the mouse in warm chicken broth, nothing. I make sure the snake is at the right temp himself, and nothing.

Should I
1. Try again the next day.
2. Try again at the next scheduled feeding time, even if that's a whole weekaway.
Thanks for any answers. Emotion: smile
-Rubystars
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Ok, so it's past 3:30 am and I'm reading rec.pets.herp I start thinking about the corn snake I want to get some time in the future, and wonderwhat I should do if this situation happens:

I often post at 3:30am, sad isnt it
It's the regular feeding time, and I try to feed the animal a mouse and it won't take it. I ... make sure the snake is at the right temp himself, and nothing. Should I 1. Try again the next day.

wait 2-3 days, usuccesful feeding can upest a snake
2. Try again at the next scheduled feeding time, even if that's a wholeweek away. Thanks for any answers. Emotion: smile -Rubystars

you could do, a healthy snake can miss a meal, but i dont feedmy snakes regular, i vary it by a day or 2 and every 4th feed make it while a whole week later, in the wild the dont eat at regular intervals so thats why i do it.
Should I 1. Try again the next day. 2. Try again at the next scheduled feeding time, even if that's a whole week away.

Number 2, or possibly longer. If you try 1, the likely outcome is a mouse in the bin. Sometimes they're just not hungry.
I have a male Corn that regularly goes off food around the new year, and won't eat for months. Last year, he started eating at the end of May again. If I try and feed him in, say, March, it just annoys him.
lol
It's the regular feeding time, and I try to feed ... himself, andnothing. Should I 1. Try again the next day.

wait 2-3 days, usuccesful feeding can upest a snake

Ok. Emotion: smile I'd hate to start some kind of feeding problem when I didn't have to.

Ok. Emotion: smile
Thanks
-Rubystars
Should I 1. Try again the next day. 2. Try again at the next scheduled feeding time, even if that's a wholeweek away.

Number 2, or possibly longer. If you try 1, the likely outcome is a mousein the bin. Sometimes they're just not hungry.

Ok. Emotion: smile
I have a male Corn that regularly goes off food around the new year, and won't eat for months. Last year, he started eating at the end of Mayagain. If I try and feed him in, say, March, it just annoys him.

I think that would scare me if I had a snake that didn't eat for four or five months. Emotion: sad Was your snake was pretty lethargic during that fast to save his energy?
For me feeding snakes is the most frustrating part of owning snakes. Just when you think you have one eating f/t..it'll have nothing to do with deaders any more. And snakes are stubborn enough, apparently, to starve. I am housesitting a friend's eight year old pet Kingsnake as he'll be away for a few months and she flat refuses to eat, though the conditions she's in are identical, in terms of husbandry. The good news is that it's easier for them to go without food and remain healthy than it is for us to watch them do it.

Why they go on self-imposed fasts is covered very well in the article "Z" wrote that Chris published in FAQ.
Her reason number five is..sometimes, just because. Though she puts it a lot better.
week

Number 2, or possibly longer. If you try 1, the likely outcome is amouse

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have a feeling it would have been very active
For me feeding snakes is the most frustrating part of owning snakes. Just when you think you have one eating f/t..it'll have nothing to do with deaders any more.

What if I got a snake from a breeder who fed it f/t until I got it. Would there be a danger it would stop taking it?
I am prepared as much as I can be mentally to be able to feed a live animal if I had to, but it's something I want to avoid if at all possible. Dealing with a dead mouse that I know was killed humanely with CO2 is one thing, putting a live mouse in there knowing that its going to get constricted would be another thing entirely.
And snakes are stubborn enough, apparently, to starve. I am housesitting a friend's eight year old pet Kingsnake as he'll ... easier for them to go without food and remain healthy than it is for us to watch them do it.

That's good to know at least.
Why they go on self-imposed fasts is covered very well in the article "Z" wrote that Chris published in FAQ.

Do you have a link?
-Rubystars
I had a Reticulated Python that went without food for a little over eleven months, with very little signs of weight loss at all. She was about 18-20 feet at the time, and just suddenly started refusing any food at all. After the eleven months, she resumed feeding every other week as if nothing had ever happened. Go figure!
Roger
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