*****I do not want any more posts about live vs f/t. That is not the topic of this thread. THANK YOU*******
I keep reading about how most BPs are very picky eaters. Mine is the complete opposite. It doesn't care how big, small, or the color of the food.....it just wants to eat. Since he started eating for me (side story) he has never refused food.
I will try to make this as painless as possible.
I got my Ball Python from a co-worker Sher. Her son in law got him when he was a hatching and took good care of him till he was about 32" then lost interest. Sher went to visit one day and noticed the Ball Python was in bad shape and not taken care of....no water...it had not eating in about 2 months ....nothing but substrate and an empty bowl in the cage. The heat was provided by a 60 watt light bulb. And the Ball Python was lifeless and partially on his back.
[Oh yeah...there was 2 live mice left to roam in the cage too.
Sher filled the water, places him in it and watched him more or less come back to life in just a couple of hours. She then just told them she was taking it PERIOD. She loaded the 50 gal aquarium in her mustang and went to work. She did all of this and she is scared of snakes. I guess sometimes our passion for doing the right thing overrides our fears.
When I got to work she told me the story and said she was looking for a home. I jumped at the chance.
I got it home and being my first snake I jumped on the pc and started reading everything I could.
I didn't have any probs handling him. He wasn't skittish at all.
I tried many failed attempts to feed him. He just was not interested. I noticed that his tongue was blunt...not forked. I spoke with a vet and she said due to that I may have to force feed, I never tried it. I knew that the stress of being severely dehydrated was probly why he wasn't eating.
One day I noticed that he was very active...like looking for food. I dropped a mouse in there and immediately nailed it. He quickly worked up to, now, med rats. He has stayed a very active eater since.
He really fattened up and is now a little over 38" and healthy.
I'm very happy with the out come and I am still learning a lot.
I now have a second snake. A hatching corn (normal) that my gf got for my birthday this last December.
His tongue healed....somewhat. its not forked but it is pointed now. My biggest question is the last 1/8" or so, of his tongue is white.....not pink like the rest. Anyone have any info on this?
BTW....I am currently researching what I want for my 3rd snake. I am really leaning toward a Columbian Boa but not sure yet.