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    She won't eat or come out

    Hi all, my partner and I are looking after a Garter Snake. She has a decent sized terrarium, the temperature is 25c on one end and 28c on the other. She has a medium size bowl of water, places to hide, etc. The problem is she is not eating.

    The day we got the snake we were told she eats well and had eaten that morning, that was last Friday and she still hasn’t eaten a thing. We were told to give her 4 small pieces of defrosted salmon, let them defrost and put them inside the vivarium, but she won’t touch them.

    The first two days she was very active, exploring the terrarium, climbing up and down… then she went all quiet, went inside on of the hiding places and stayed there ever since. I checked and she is alive but she won’t come out or eat.

    I don’t think she’s about to shed because her eyes are not cloudy, but maybe I’m missing some other signs.

    I am no expert on snakes, any advice would be great, other than that I guess I’ll have to take her to the vet.

    Thank you folks

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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    This beahaviour is not uncommon. Is she drinking and pooping? Does she have alot of tongue flicking going on?
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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    A change in venue/care givers will cause some snakes to need a little "settling in" time. It would be great to see a photo so we can identify the species. That will also help to know if any diet charges are warranted. First off, I would say a diet consisting of salmon only could be an issue. Here is a link to the forum care sheet which is always a good read. Once you and the snake are settled in be sure to introduce yourself in the "Welcome Lounge" so that we may give you a proper hello.

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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    She is probbaly just trying to settle in, a cheap try is some earthworms? maybe there wiggle will make her get a little excited... its a cheap try atleast. But I wouldnt worry just yet, probably just getting used to things. Also pictures help a bunch. and well I just love pictures . pics of the snake and maybe the setup if possible? Camera phone pics for now if you dont have a real camera would still work
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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    Hi, I haven't seen her drinking yet, she has a medium sized bowl of distilled water available and no poops so far, although I should have a better look inside her vivarium.

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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    Hi Steve, it's already been a week and she's still hiding. I will definitely have a good read now at the care sheet, thanks.

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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    Nice Thamnophis marcianus - Checkered Garter Snake. Tap water is fine in most situation. Bottled Spring water is also good if you don't trust your tap.
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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    hi there, I'll give the worms a go, see if she'd eat them, and also some time, in case she should decide to quit this hunger strike

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    Re: She won't eat or come out

    You could also try live fish (guppies or platys) or cut up some pinkie mice.
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