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    Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    So I still have the little baby I caught out back. He did shed for me last week, which was what I was hoping was keeping him from eating before, but he is still showing little to no interest in food and hasn't eaten anything for me.

    I have tried small pieces cut from bait nightcrawlers, cut up baby nightcrawlers, frozen silversides, and frozen pinky parts. Over the last half a week I've been able to catch some earthworms from the backyard now that the rain has returned, but I haven't had luck with those either. I want to try slugs, but I haven't been able to to find any that are small enough.

    Does anyone have some ideas for how I might coax him into eating? He is still rather nervous around me, though he has calmed down considerably. I have tried putting him in a feeding container with the food, alone in a room where it is quiet. Still no luck.
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    Cut up slugs will work fine.
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    I will see if I can find some slugs that I can cut up. Most are so large they're not even worth trying.
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    Sometimes offering a non feeding snake too often will reinforce refusal. Especially in a wild caught snake that is used to foraging and hunting on his own. Stressed from being newly captured is probably a big part of it as well.
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    I've been offering food every two days or so and letting him be the rest of the time. When I do try to feed him I put him in a feeding container with places to hide and some of the grass from around where I found him, with a few worms that he could eat. I'm hoping he will get comfortable enough over time.
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    Little Creek ate! I left him alone in a feeding tank with some grass and worms and when I came back there was the tell-tale bulge that said he had eaten!
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by acovert View Post
    Little Creek ate! I left him alone in a feeding tank with some grass and worms and when I came back there was the tell-tale bulge that said he had eaten!
    Awesome. Love this kind of updates.
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    Another question unrelated to the eating: Cuddles has never gone into brumation. He was captive-born and seems the same in winter as he does during the rest of the year, probably because he's never been outside in colder temperatures. Because this little one is wild-caught will he need to be brumated, or will he be fine the way Cuddles is?
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    My guess is the latest addition to your family may go off food for a short time but once its system realizes there will be no need to brumate it should be fine.
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    Re: Idea to get baby snake to eat?

    Alright. Thank you for the help.
    After seeing all of the babies outside, I'm realizing that he is much smaller than most of the others, with the exception of the one with the bad tail that I found. I've seen some that look like him and are close to his size, but he's still smaller in comparison. I'm continually amazed by how small he is.
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