As some of you may know, I ordered an Amazon Tree Boa about a month ago, and have been waiting on the weather to improve so she can be shipped. Well, it looks like Monday will be shipping day!!! Tuesday morning at 9:00 am, she will be home!!! I called today to arrange things and ask about feeding schedule, feeding size, things like that. The seller told me that on her last feed, she wouldn't take it and he had to do an assisted feed. And that once he pushed the nose of the pinky in her mouth, she clamped down, started constricting, and ate no problem. He said it wasn't a big deal, she's still a baby (4-5 months), that this was the first time they've had a problem and he doesn't see it as a concern. He told me to give her a week after arrival, try feeding, and if she doesn't take it, don't panic. Wait a few more days to a week and try again. If she still doesn't take it at week 2, call him and he will walk me through an assisted feed. I'm not concerned that "I won't be able" to do an assisted feed, I'm sure I can, I just want to know if this is common, normal, and if it's something that just happens sometimes. Should I be concerned with the fact that she needed an assisted feed?? Do babies get past this? Also, she is eating pinkys, he said regular to large would be fine. How long will she be on pinkys, approximately? I'm going to a reptile show this weekend and would like to buy food from a breeder over a pet store. Should I buy 10, 20, 50?? She's 4-5 months old, he said about 18 inches, and a little smaller than your little finger around. I know all snakes are different so this may be an unanswerable question, but I thought is ask. Thanks everyone. I appreciate all tips and info. Oh, and he said he did try a live pinky to no avail, and ended up using that on the assisted feed. Just so you know.