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Gray Banded Kingsnake Not Eating and Popping Its Mouth Open.

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by pennfisherman, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. pennfisherman

    pennfisherman Member

    I posted here last week that I had a baby gray banded kingsnake that tried eating once, but the day old pinky seemed almost as if it was too big to go down. After about a half hour, he let go of the day old pinky. Some people wanted a comparison picture, but its kind hard to get a photo like that. The girth of the pinky isn't that much bigger than my snake's head; it seems like it should have no issues. Well anyways, it has been a week since then and it still refuses to eat. And to make it worst, it keeps doing this wierd thing where it pops its mouth open real quick ( not like a strike). Even when I'm holding it, it pops its mouth open every 10 to 20 seconds. What is this mouth popping, and how can I get it to eat? It has been a month now since I've had the snake.
  2. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    Lots of mucus in the mouth?
  3. pennfisherman

    pennfisherman Member

    Im not I need to open its mouth to see?
  4. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    Hold it near you ear and see if you can hear a crackling/poping sound you might be dealing with a respitory infection.
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    How are you housing it? Give as much detail as possible.
    RI's usually have a source in husbandry.

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