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  • Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

    I have had the python for about a month and it has only eatin once....its not that old about 2o inches long and he just stoped eating....I have tryed pinkies, peach fuzzies and normal fuzzies, but he just wont eat...he just sits up on the perch all day and moves at night a little.....the temp is about 85 degrees....anybody have any ideas to get him to eat???

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    Re:Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

    First of all, I would raise temps on the warm side to about 88-90, and humidity to around 70%.

    Secondly, some carpet pythons can be quite picky when young. Have you tried pinky rats? Have you tried a live pinky/fuzzy? At that size, they're not dangerous, because they haven't opened their eyes, and their teeth haven't grown in. What sort of substrate do you use? If it's loose (like aspen or cypress mulch) put newspaper over it, and put the food on that, then quietly leave the room and turn the light off and see if it eats overnight. Also, how often are you offering food? Offering food too often can be stressful. Offer food every 7-10 days. Also, if he's in a glass tank, cover up the sides and back with newspaper or something to block out visual movements that may stress him out. Let us know how it goes.

    I have a JCP who also gave me hell the first 6 months I had her. She wouldn't eat anything during that period, and I tried everything to get her to eat. One day, she got hungry enough to eat, and hasn't looked back since. If you saw her today, you wouldn't know it was the same snake 3 years ago. She's a major pig and eats anything in front of her. I think carpets stress easily when young, but once they become established feeders and established in their new homes, they eat much better when they're older. I have yet to see an adult carpet that was a bad feeder, other than refusing rats, which is a common problem. So, my advice is, when you get him established, and she is large enough, switch him to rats while young so he will get in the habit of eating rats. But for now, mice will do, unless of course, he already prefers rats. Good luck.

    Bry

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      Re:Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

      My JCP isnt very big. I raised the cage temp.....pinkies are to small, he ignores peach fuzzies and the pet store only has hoppers which are to big. if i could find just a fuzzy that would be fine, but i dont want to order 100 off rodentpro.com....cause i dont know if he'll eat them....

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      • #4
        Re:Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

        Well, just keep trying, and you will find one. There is a frozen rodent provider that sells mice, and I believe they sell them only in bags of 25, instead of 100, give them a call and see. Cajunmice.com

        Bry

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        • #5
          Re:Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

          Go with newly less than a day old rat pinks! They usually tear them up. They might seem too large sometimes, but trust me it will go down easily.

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          • #6
            Re:Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

            Well any luck?

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            • #7
              Re:Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

              He has fed on live fuzzies....next i'll try dead....

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              • #8
                Re:Trouble Feeding Jungle Carpet Python

                I know this is a little late, but congratulations.

                Bry

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