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Any Tips on Getting Hatchling Corn Snakes to Eat?

Discussion in 'Corn Snakes' started by zaroba, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    My corn snakes mated, laid eggs, and 7 weeks ago 4 hatched.

    The 4 snakes are all in seperate enclosures, critter carriers with cocofiber bedding and lined up on a shelf in my room and I give them a live pinky every week. I'm at work right now so I cannot post specifics on temp and humidity until I get home in around 8 hours. I have heat pads up against 1 side of the enclosures and the snakes (all 4 of them) spend most of their time in the middle of the enclosures, sometimes closer to the cooler end, sometimes closer to the warmer end. They are on a thermostat with the probe on the shelf a foot away from the tanks so will be on any time the temp on the shelf is below 80F.

    Snake #1 is eating like a vacuum cleaner and growing like a weed. He's about ready for fuzzies.
    Snake #2 is also growing nicely, a bit smaller then #1 and a bit shy when it comes to eating.

    Snakes 3 and 4 hatched a few days after 1 and 2. They are active and seem healthy, they drink (I have seen them drinking), but have yet to eat their first meal. 7 Weeks old, neither has eaten yet, neither has grown, both are now nearly half the size of snake #1. I put a live pinky in their enclosures, they smell it, they look at it, then they ignore it and the pinky ends up starving to death. I have tried cutting them with a razor so they would bleed a bit, I have also tried splitting open their skulls to expose the brain. The snakes still ignore them.

    Any other things to try?
    I guess trying to force feed is an option as a last resort, I've never done it before and the snakes aren't the slightest bit lethargic so they will fight it.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2014
  2. toddnbecka

    toddnbecka Well Established Member

    Have you tried bagging them with a live pinky overnight?
    Corn snakes also eat amphibians. Is there anywhere local you could gather a few small salamanders? African dwarf frogs would also be a possibility, though an expensive one, if your lfs has any on hand.
  3. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    Haven't tried bags, but have tried keeping them in small deli containers with the pinkies over night.

    If the pinkies I gave them on Friday haven't starved to death yet, I'll try putting them in a paper bag tonight.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2014

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