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Young Kingsnake Refuses to Eat.

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by jdandlucy, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    i was given a young king snake from a guy at work. it will not eat pinky mice. i am concerned for the snake, as he has not eaten anything an almost 2 months. the snakes frame is starting to show and no shine to scales. any suggestions will help.
     
  2. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Can you post picks and describe the enclosure?
     
  3. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    it is currently in a rubbermaide tote. i do not know what type of enclosure it was in previously or when the last time the snake defecated. DSCN0183.jpg DSCN0188.jpg DSCN0195.jpg DSCN0197.jpg the snake would not let me get the pic i wanted. every time it ceen the camera lens it thought it was a hole to get in to.
     
  4. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    ok developing story. the guy i got the snake from is an idiot. i gave the snake a quick soak in warm water and placed some aspen chips in the rubbermade tote low and behold it shed
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  5. OrchidPal

    OrchidPal Elite Member

    Hopefully, he'll eat for you now. Long as he's warm enough. Good luck! Nice looking snake!
     
  6. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    just got home from work and the petstore. i was not prepared for this snake after just getting my bearded dragons , but i did not want to see this snake suffer anymore. i got some info from the former owner, the snake has not had a home besides a clear round plastic container for over 2 months. no substrate no light and only ambient heat. the container was about 8 inches across and 4 inches high. this would explain a lot of things. no heat or light a snake will not eat if it cant digest, could not shed as their was nothing to rub against to pull the skin off. and if the snake needed to shed it would not eat. to small of an enviroment stresses them out. no hide to get away from everything. so everything points to improper care. it will be all true if the snake eats the pinky i have thawing out.
     
  7. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    If he wont go for a f/t pink try a live sometimes that gets them going :) It's amazing how many people buy pets because they are "cool" and don't do any research...
     
  8. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    expecting that this was going to be a challenge to get the snake to eat i bought a can of chicken broth and filled a small cube ice tray with it and froze it. i then took a small cube and broke in half and warmed it up to. then placed pinky in the broth and tried again. snapped it up in 2 seconds. he hit the pinky so hard the tail was left in the feeding tongs.
     
  9. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    ok i spoke with a reptile specialist this evening. i explained what the situation was and what measures i have done. only think he said to do different is to feed more often. i need to feed this snake every 3 to 4 days till it is a healthy weight for its length. feeding 2 went as well as feeding one just with no chicken broth :). 3 to 4 months on the frequent feeding will hopefully make up for the lost growth.
     
  10. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    ok latest and possible last update in this thread. this so called king snake is not actually a king snake, but rather a Honduran milkshake, tricolor banded. have had NO problems getting it to eat after the first feeding. every 3 days the snake gets his prey. no sign of parasites, or other health issues.
     
  11. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    That's great.
     
  12. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    And in all fairness, milksnakes are kingsnakes. They just have a small difference in the makeup of the teeth.
    They are all lampropeltis species.
     
  13. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    the guy that gave me the snake was told it was a banded kingsnake by a very reputable pet store in Nashville tn called the aquatic critter. it is the go to place for anything related to aquatic or reptilian.
     
  14. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Apparently not. Since the only "Banded Kingsnake" I know of is the gray banded kingsnake and it looks nothing like that.
     
  15. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    but this is what he told me. judging by the crap he told me about the care he gave the snake prior to giving it to me i really dont believe it. i have previous experiences with this pet store, and HAVE NEVER been steered in the wrong direction.
     

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