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PostSubject: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:36 am

She hatched on July 3rd, shed on the 11th. The first time I offered food was on the 15th, a f/t rat pup. She refused, so I tried live a few days later. She wanted nothing to do with it. Then just now I tried assist-feeding another rat pup. She won't close her mouth on it or coil; just tries to flail around and fling it out of her mouth. Live, frozen, in her tank, in a tub, rat left in with her overnight, brained, it doesn't matter; she just doesn't seem interested.

The warm side of the tank is at 89 and the cool side at 79. Humidity is at 50%. I have her on paper towels in a 10g tank. Haven't been handling her because I just want her to take a meal! She was at 64g, now she's down to 60. She's still lively and drinks fine.

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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:02 am

Put some hides In there for her wait a few days and throw another rat pup in there or try mouse hopper, and stop trying to assit Feed her
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:30 am

A rat pup is too big for that small of a baby. My first feedings are always with rat pinkies or mouse hoppers. If her first shed was on the 11th, it is not unusual for them to go a few weeks before they eat.

Now that you've attempted to assist feed, you probably have her spooked. Leave her completely alone for a week. Keep her in an area with no traffic. Try to feed her a live mouse hopper after that week has passed.
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:38 pm

Thanks guys, I'll try a rat pinkie on Saturday.
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:12 pm

A hopper mouse might be a better option. They move around a bit more and in my experience are a little more attractive to a hatchling ball python.
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:15 pm

iagree
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:04 pm

I was kind of afraid to give them one of those, I didn't want my baby getting bitten or injured from the mouse.
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:48 pm

The hoppers don't really bite. At least I have never had an issue with them trying to.
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:28 pm

Thank goodness. I'm buying food for my snakes this weekend, I'll let you guys know how it goes.
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:48 am

I've had the hopper mice in there for a few hours now and, although the YB female showed interest at first, she didn't strike, and her sister doesn't seem to be interested either...
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:14 am

I think you should have waited longer to attempt another feed. Are they secluded away from anything that could stress them out in between you trying to feed them?
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:55 am

They're in their own room away from any traffic
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:35 pm

Put the YB baby in a smaller container with some shredded newspaper and a mouse and she ate today!

The other one still seems afraid of the hoppers and will just curl in a ball and hide if it gets close to her...
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PostSubject: Re: I can't get my baby ball to eat!   Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:55 pm

Glad that worked for you. Give the other time. Patience is the greatest trait needed in keeping ball pythons.
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