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Hatchling Queretara Kings

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by SSThorn, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    I cant get them started on Pinkies.
    Any ideas on how to get them started? Ive been told to "brain" the mice, but i dont understand how that will work.
     
  2. skelly98

    skelly98 Elite Member

    cut the head open and expose the brain of the mouse. you can also rub the mouse on a dead lizard or snake, for 'scenting", wich is useful since i know alot of reptiles are just born to eat other reptiles :p.
     
  3. pandorasbox

    pandorasbox Elite Member

    You kill them and slice the top of their skulls open and squeeze a little brains out. The scent and the juiciness attracts them. If you just ate lunch you might want to wait a few hours so you don't lose it. Haha.
     
  4. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

  5. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    Yes, They are hatchling ruthveni, alright, I'll use the steps on the website and see where it goes :p
    Thanks again Jlassiter.
     
  6. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member


    Thats what i meant by it not working. They dont normally smell the brains, so i didnt understand how braining the pinkie would help.
     
  7. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    Braining does trigger a feeding response.
    One of the best methods is to find a lizard they like and feed them pieces of it then scent pinks with that lizard.

    It's not the snakes fault that we are trying to force European fancy mice on them.....
     
  8. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    You can also try scenting with tuna.
     
  9. skelly98

    skelly98 Elite Member

    or chicken broth :)
     
  10. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    These arent cornsnakes. Chicken broth and tuna typically doesn't work with Mexican kings but it is worth a try....

    Whiptails, scelophorus, side blotched and anoles are their prey of choice.
    Some will take Meditteranean House Geckos.
     
  11. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    We got a good bit of Cuban Brown Anoles around here, would those work?
     
  12. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    We have them here too and they have worked a some of my lizard eater hatchlings.
     
  13. skelly98

    skelly98 Elite Member

    i would use a captive bred lizard to reduce the risk of disease transmission, but yes, that would work.
     
  14. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Granted. Just trying to throw everything out there.
     
  15. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    I would do CB, but i dont want to spend 5$ on something i can catch outside, especially if its only for scenting.
     
  16. skelly98

    skelly98 Elite Member

    you mean you have no lizards? o.0? that is an issue, we need to get you some lizards! :p
     
  17. SSThorn

    SSThorn Elite Member

    I have two monitors, but if i try to rub a rat on them, they may not appreciate that.
     
  18. skelly98

    skelly98 Elite Member

    ah i see.... well, good luck whatever lizard you use! and good luck with the monitors, i understand they can be a bit of a hassle sometimes, lol :p.
     

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