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Thread: Switching to mice

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    Switching to mice

    Any advice on how to get a skittish, wild-caught garter over to frozen pinkies? Had him for about five months, just started handling a few times a week this week at advice of another snake owner. He's been kind of on-and-off food - ate only half a nightcrawler last week after not eating for 3 weeks. He was interested in a pinkie, but gets scared by my movement. Is the solution here to just handle him more/get him less scared of people? In the past, I've just been leaving nightcrawlers on a paper towel, and if they move enough he'll go for it, but I'd like to get him to mice.

    EDIT: Here are some photos. He's about 27 grams right now. Looking healthy?
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    Re: Switching to mice

    He looks healthy. Try rubbing a worm all over the pinky. That usually does the trick. Eventually he will take the pinks unscented. This time of year they usually don't eat that much so I wouldn't worry to much.
    Good luck!!
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    Re: Switching to mice

    I would ditto what Eddie says. The garter does look like he has plenty of fat reserves also. Yes. Looks healthy.
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    Re: Switching to mice

    you said he gets scared by your movement, just cut up a pinkie and a worm and mix them together and put on a plate in his cage, then immediately walk away, leave him undisturbed either for a a coupe hours or overnight, then check. This time of year except lack of appetite, especially from a wild caught.

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