Follow us on...
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube
Register
<

User Tag List

  • Amused
  • Angry
  • Annoyed
  • Awesome
  • Cool
  • Crazy
  • Crying
  • Depressed
  • Embarrassed
  • Friendly
  • Geeky
  • Grumpy
  • Happy
  • Hungry
  • Innocent
  • Sad
  • Secret
  • Shy
  • Sneaky
  • Tired
  • + Reply to Thread
    Results 1 to 15 of 15
    Like Tree21Likes
    • 1 Post By Richyboa72
    • 2 Post By Noelle7206
    • 2 Post By Richyboa72
    • 1 Post By Noelle7206
    • 2 Post By acephantom903
    • 2 Post By Richyboa72
    • 2 Post By Richyboa72
    • 1 Post By Richyboa72
    • 2 Post By Noelle7206
    • 3 Post By Zaphod42
    • 1 Post By Walter3rd
    • 2 Post By Noelle7206

    Thread: Baby boa feeding

    1. #1
      Snake Lover
      This user has not set their status.
       
      I am:
      ----
       

      Reputation

      Join Date
      Jul 2016
      Location
      Derbyshire England
      Posts
      445
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:39 PM

      Default Baby boa feeding

      Hi there
      My little boas have all had there first shed so I thought I would try them a little slightly warmed mouse fuzzy last night,I dangled it for a bit to each one. It none seemed interested so I left them in over night and not one of them ate it.
      I'm not going to try them for another 5 days so not to scare them
      Has anyone any tips,my baby corns ate soon after there shed without even trying


      Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk

    2. #2
      Snake Lover
      is Chillin' with princess butter.
       
      I am:
      Geeky
       

      ReputationReputationReputation

      Join Date
      Aug 2015
      Location
      Palm Beach County, FL
      Posts
      916
      Images
      2
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:31 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      Did you do a zombie dance? Were they sniffing at all?

    3. #3
      Snake Lover
      This user has not set their status.
       
      I am:
      ----
       

      Reputation

      Join Date
      Jul 2016
      Location
      Derbyshire England
      Posts
      445
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:39 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      No they wasn't interested,most of my other boa do the heavy breathing thing just before they strike,even my little corns do it


      Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
      Noelle7206 likes this.

    4. #4
      Snake Guru
      is probably underwater!
       
      I am:
      Friendly
       

      ReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputation

      Join Date
      Mar 2011
      Location
      Arkansas, USA
      Posts
      2,974
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:51 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      I've raised quite a few snakes, esp. corns & various rat snakes (also rosy boas & w/c glossy snakes etc), and not all of them fed as easily as yours did...so you were lucky that time. I'd just try them again in 5
      days as you said, not to worry. Are you housing them together or solo? (solo, I hope) That might make the difference. Also, I have no issue with first (& early meals) being live prey*...sometimes "it's not nice to
      fool Mother Nature". (*ESPECIALLY since live meals for 'baby' snakes should ONLY be harmless young rodents anyway, let me be totally clear about that; nothing that 'bites back'-)

      Some neonate or hatchling snakes have more 'body weight' than others, and therefore less hunger. Or some that are weak may have little appetite & need more inspiration or help. Few snakes in the wild manage
      a meal right away, certainly not on any schedule, & they are 'designed' to survive for the most part. Just be patient, & don't over-do it (as you already said).
      acephantom903 and Richyboa72 like this.

    5. #5
      Snake Lover
      This user has not set their status.
       
      I am:
      ----
       

      Reputation

      Join Date
      Jul 2016
      Location
      Derbyshire England
      Posts
      445
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:39 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      Thanks Noelle,they was all together for the first week till they all shed but have all been solo for the last two weeks,I don't have access to live ,but I will try again at the weekend and hopefully they be feeling a little more peckish


      Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
      Noelle7206 and acephantom903 like this.

    6. #6
      Snake Guru
      is probably underwater!
       
      I am:
      Friendly
       

      ReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputation

      Join Date
      Mar 2011
      Location
      Arkansas, USA
      Posts
      2,974
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:51 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      In my experience, it helps to pay close attention to each individual snake's reaction when you offer prey: some are turned off by wiggling the prey too much, others will pounce no matter what you do.
      I find that subtle movement usually works best, and going "away from" (or appearing to be just going past the snake- not AT them) also works best. For best control, you want to use tongs of some kind,
      either those large 12" tweezers sold for herps, or blunt-nosed BBQ-kitchen tongs will work. (when you mentioned you "dangled", it sounded like you might be doing this by hand, holding the tails...?)
      Also...their first prey isn't likely to be overhead (swooping down like a predatory bird?) so they might be braver if it's on their level...again, use those tongs. In the past I've gotten difficult feeders to eat by
      furnishing their cage so that they were above the prey also...as from a branch, able to pounce from above. You probably don't need to go that far...most likely the next time will go better. And normally it all
      gets easier as they gain experience & confidence.
      acephantom903 likes this.

    7. #7
      Snake Keeper
      is noodly
       
      I am:
      Cool
       

      Reputation

      Join Date
      Aug 2012
      Location
      Ausin, TX
      Posts
      107
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      06-25-2017 07:04 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      I've had good luck leaving in a live fuzzy with each the first meal, then leaving a f/t hopper in overnight the second, and then offering from the tongs on the third, but every litter is different. I've only had a few boa babies take readily to f/t right off the bat. If you don't have access to live, I'd keep trying combos of wiggling it on the tongs and leaving feeders in overnight. It seems like getting their attention with it (without spooking them) and then leaving it somewhere very near where they're sitting sometimes helps.

    8. #8
      Snake Lover
      is Chillin' with princess butter.
       
      I am:
      Geeky
       

      ReputationReputationReputation

      Join Date
      Aug 2015
      Location
      Palm Beach County, FL
      Posts
      916
      Images
      2
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:31 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      My zombie dance is dropping it on the cage floor and scruffing it with my tongs and slowly moving it as if it is walking on its own. Then I stop moving it when my girl gets interested and approaches it. A couple seconds of her almost touching it and sniffing and a little movement and she hits it hard.
      Noelle7206 and Richyboa72 like this.

    9. #9
      Snake Lover
      This user has not set their status.
       
      I am:
      ----
       

      Reputation

      Join Date
      Jul 2016
      Location
      Derbyshire England
      Posts
      445
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:39 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      Thanks for all the tips,I always use tongs got some 12 inch narrow ones and as you say I always go from the front to them so not to scare them,I don't want them to be scared,I'll try again this weekend and go from there might even try the zombie dance,lol (I like that) thanks again everyone


      Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
      Noelle7206 and acephantom903 like this.

    10. #10
      Snake Lover
      This user has not set their status.
       
      I am:
      ----
       

      Reputation

      Join Date
      Jul 2016
      Location
      Derbyshire England
      Posts
      445
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:39 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      Well all five have fed now
      Took a few zombie runs but all must of been ready for a spot of lunch,thank goodness


      Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
      Noelle7206 and acephantom903 like this.

    11. #11
      Snake Lover
      This user has not set their status.
       
      I am:
      ----
       

      Reputation

      Join Date
      Jul 2016
      Location
      Derbyshire England
      Posts
      445
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:39 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding




      Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
      acephantom903 likes this.

    12. #12
      Snake Guru
      is probably underwater!
       
      I am:
      Friendly
       

      ReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputation

      Join Date
      Mar 2011
      Location
      Arkansas, USA
      Posts
      2,974
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:51 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      And the score is: Boas 5, rats 0 (applause!)
      acephantom903 and Richyboa72 like this.

    13. #13
      Snake Maniac
      This user has not set their status.
       
      I am:
      ----
       

      ReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputation
      Zaphod42's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 2010
      Location
      Boston, MA
      Posts
      1,922
      Images
      2
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-15-2017 04:13 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      Nice. Glad they all ate for you! Some of the babies from my 2015 litter didn't eat for 4-5 weeks after they were born. Assuming they're healthy babies they'll easily go 2 months before eating their first meal. I know some people will start out with live or use live for the finicky eaters but unless they have other health concerns I always wait them out. I got my Jungle Carpet Python for free from a breeder because despite being super pretty he wouldn't eat as a baby, I bought another JCP from that litter and the breeder offered him for free. At that point he was 2 months old and had never eaten. I let him get settled in and offered him f/t for a few weeks. Finally decided to try live, he still wouldn't eat it. He went 6 months and 2 weeks before eating his first meal! I took him to a vet to make sure there wasn't anything physically wrong with him but he checked out okay and he acted like a healthy active JCP baby during his hunger strike. He's six years old now, very healthy and hasn't turned down a meal since he took that first one at six months old : )
      “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” -DA
      www.outworldreptiles.com

    14. #14
      Snake Keeper
      is married
       
      I am:
      Friendly
       

      Reputation
      Walter3rd's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 2016
      Location
      towson md.
      Posts
      117
      Images
      3
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-16-2017 08:59 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      My baby hog island went over 2 months without eating. I finally offered live and she pounced in a blink like she was waiting all along for her live lunch.
      Noelle7206 likes this.

    15. #15
      Snake Guru
      is probably underwater!
       
      I am:
      Friendly
       

      ReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputationReputation

      Join Date
      Mar 2011
      Location
      Arkansas, USA
      Posts
      2,974
      User Info Achievements / Awards Thanks / Tagging Info vBActivity Stats
      Last Visited
      10-17-2017 04:51 PM

      Default Re: Baby boa feeding

      I'd rather offer live to young snakes to entice feeding...without food for so long (6 mos+), they may be more susceptible to illness, but I'm sure it happens in the wild, & anyway, many keepers have trouble
      getting access to live food. I just happen to raise my own feeders which is a lot of work unless you keep a number of snakes...& some areas (or individual stores) won't sell live feeders anyway. Most snakes
      will take dead prey sooner or later, IF you are patient & present it the right way. If a keeper has never seen a snake take live prey, that may be part of the problem...seeing first-hand what entices a snake to
      strike versus what scares them off helps us to simulate that & get success. Had my share of "hard to feed" snakes over the years, it always feels SO good when "it works". And equally great when they
      are no longer "fussy"!
      acephantom903 and Richyboa72 like this.

     

     

    Similar Threads

    1. [Rats/Mice] Baby RTB feeding help?
      By Malloryashtenn in forum Feeding Issues
      Replies: 5
      Last Post: 07-07-2014, 08:17 PM
    2. [General Care] Very First Feeding of My Very First Baby (Also, my very first post)
      By thecasualchemist in forum Boa Care
      Replies: 12
      Last Post: 11-01-2012, 12:42 PM
    3. Feeding baby boas
      By Laree_D. in forum Boa Breeding
      Replies: 1
      Last Post: 10-29-2009, 06:18 PM
    4. new baby not feeding
      By rids66 in forum Feeding Issues
      Replies: 5
      Last Post: 08-05-2004, 02:32 AM
    5. Baby feeding?
      By Flyride in forum Boa Care
      Replies: 10
      Last Post: 10-06-2003, 08:41 AM

    Bookmarks

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts

    WE STRONGLY SUPPORT


    usark_square

      Fauna Top Sites Reptile Related Top Sites Strictly Reptiles