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Can I Feed My Hognose More Than One Pinky?

Discussion in 'Hognose Snakes' started by Python, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Python

    Python Member

    Hello, my six month old male western hognose hasn't eaten for about a month and a half now, and is starting to look really skinny!
    If he decides to eat next time I feed him, should I give him two? Will this do any harm? I appreciate any info.
  2. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Are pinkies an appropriately sized rodent? It seems like a 6 month old hognose should be on a fuzzy or hopper...
  3. Poison

    Poison Elite Member

    No expert on hognose snakes so I'm not sure what size a 6 month old should be but for a general rule on snakes, feed the same sized prey as the thickest part of the snakes body.

    Pinkies are high in fat and will help your snake gain weight but after a month and a half of not eating the snake should not be looking "really skiny" unless something else is going on. Can we get pics?
  4. MorganLeFay

    MorganLeFay Elite Member

    Any ideas why he's not eating? 1.5 months seems a bit long, but his 'getting skinny' is more worrying. What temperature do you keep him at? Are you offering live feeders or f/t? Maybe try rat pinkies or another food item altogether (toads or other amphibians maybe?) If that doesn't work, try rubbing tuna fish juice or canned salmon juice over the pinky to make it smell more attractive. If he's still not eating, I would have a vet take a look at him.
    2 pinkies are certainly OK for him, maybe even 3. You can offer more than 1 prey item per feeding, nothing wrong with that.
    Good luck :)!

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