A few times, owners of snakes experience feeding problems with their pet snakes. A few snakes, especially ball pythons, are known to not have any desire to eat but generally, this issue can happen with any sort of snake.
The most widely recognized feeding problem owners of snakes have is the point at which their snake wouldn’t like to strike and eat pre-killed foods like rats and mice. Feeding pre-killed prey, both previously frozen and fresh kinds are recommended since they cannot harm the snake, however, the snakes are sometimes reluctant to feast on pre-killed prey.
Some reliable techniques to motivate your snake to eat include:
Warm the Prey
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Ensure the frozen mouse (or other pre-killed prey items) is heated up to become room temperature. Defrost frozen prey in a sack in the fridge or by gliding it in cold water and after that putting it in warm water just before you give it to your snake to warm it up. Do not warm up frozen prey using a microwave. It could lead to burns for your prey as a result of uneven heating or the prey could explode in the microwave and create a mess.
Use Feeding Forceps
Use feeding forceps and not your hand to try and entice your snake to feed on the prey.
The forceps will help your snake to differentiate between your hand and the actual prey. The forceps will also help you wiggle the prey and mimic live motion to trick your snake into believing it is a live prey.
Improve the Scent
Dunk the defrosted prey in sodium-free chicken stock. The aroma of chicken stock gets snakes interested and will help make it feed faster.
Make It Familiar
If you are trying to feed your snake a new prey, rub an old familiar one against it to make smell familiar and encourage your snake to feed on it.
Cut It Open
In spite of the fact that it appears somewhat gross, the aroma of brain matter is especially powerful at tricking snake to fed on pre-killed prey.
Try Different Prey
If your snake does not like feeding on a particular prey, try a new one.