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BP Winter Hibernation?

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    BP Winter Hibernation?

    My Ball is a little over a year old.
    She has been eating Large Adult Frozen Mice from LayneLabs.com since December (a little over 3 months)

    Thing is, she has been on a psudo regular feeding schedule of a mouse every 1-2 weeks, 10 days on average.
    Then she just stopped snapping at the mice for a while.

    During feeding attempts:
    She would crawl out of her hut and look at the mouse dangling from the tongs...
    She would touch the mouse with her tongue... (usually this follows with a snap 0.25 seconds after)
    Then she would lose interest and crawl back in her hut and curl up...

    The gap between her eating was from 2/19/2013 to 3/23/2013 to be exact.
    She has not shown signs of going into shed.
    And Temps/Humidity have been constant and normal.
    I'm not worried, just thought it was a little strange.

    Intrestingly enough...
    My friend's Ball (much bigger and older) was being stubborn about eating during the same time period.

    Anyone else experience this recently?
    Do Balls have a habbit of hibernating/losing appitite during the tail end of the winter,
    or is something else at play?






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    Re: BP Winter Hibernation?

    That's the only downside to BPs. Sometimes they go off feed for a bit for no apparent reason. Could be related to the breeding season could be a change in temps, could be that she simply isn't hungry. I have several that are giving me fits right now about eating. Double check your setup to make sure temps and humidity are right, then just give her time. I have one female that's just started eating again after being off for about the same time.

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    Re: BP Winter Hibernation?

    When mine go off feed, 90% of the time I can get them to eat by spiking the humidity right before feeding. I will pour water on the hot end, then mist enough to bump humidity to 75%-80%. It usually works for me. I figured this out because when my house humidity would rise or when I would mist a cage, it seemed to illicit feeding response behavior. This works on my carpet python, rosy boa and corn snakes as well. I think its a natural predator response. After it rains, you see worms up, robins everywhere, and hawks cruising. Try it and let me know- I'd be curious.
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    Re: BP Winter Hibernation?

    Think I'll try that too.

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    Re: BP Winter Hibernation?

    Quote Originally Posted by diehardislanders View Post
    When mine go off feed, 90% of the time I can get them to eat by spiking the humidity right before feeding. I will pour water on the hot end, then mist enough to bump humidity to 75%-80%. It usually works for me. I figured this out because when my house humidity would rise or when I would mist a cage, it seemed to illicit feeding response behavior. This works on my carpet python, rosy boa and corn snakes as well. I think its a natural predator response. After it rains, you see worms up, robins everywhere, and hawks cruising. Try it and let me know- I'd be curious.
    That's very interesting! And does make a lot of sense. Do you think it would for other snakes that already require high humidity? I'm not trying to high jack the thread but say for my Brazilian Rainbow Boa? Since they need such high humidity already would raising it to 90-95% do the same trick?
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    Re: BP Winter Hibernation?

    Quote Originally Posted by uncertainsky View Post
    That's very interesting! And does make a lot of sense. Do you think it would for other snakes that already require high humidity? I'm not trying to high jack the thread but say for my Brazilian Rainbow Boa? Since they need such high humidity already would raising it to 90-95% do the same trick?
    No clue. They need to be kept at constant 75% to even 80% and I have never kept a reptile in those conditions. I do not know how significant a humidity spike you could provide or if it would trigger them the same way when they are already up that high. Might be worth the try. Even large mouth bass go on the hunt when the humidity spikes and they live in water.
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    Re: BP Winter Hibernation?

    Very interesting observation DieHard.
    I'll give that a shot next time evelyn is being fussy about eating.

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