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Jurassic Milk Worries

Discussion in 'Milksnakes' started by Dragoness, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    My Jurassic milk-snake, Puff, (who has never missed a meal!) has rejected his last two meals in a row. He would 'attack' his f/t rat pup as normal, and then just leave it there.

    I double checked his temps - basking spot averages about 93°F, cool side runs about 79°, night-time lows are around 74° (with one night last week dropping to 72° - I don't know how that happened, since ambient house temp is 74° or warmer, and the herp room where he is housed usually runs about 76° at night, 81° by day.) I have since added a supplemental black heat lamp for night-time heat, just in case. He has been slightly more active than is normal lately. I'm wondering if he is maybe just becoming sexually mature? I don't know if these guys go through any kind of season or not. He is about 2 years old, pooping normally, humidity is about 35-40%, just shed last week.

    Maybe I'm being a little paranoid, but I will be keeping a close eye on him. Already pulled him out for a listen, and thought I heard very faint breathing/wheezing (?) when he was moving around - he would not hold still at all. I know sometimes with my BP, they do what I call an "exertion wheeze" when they gasp a little when they are really exerting themselves. Puff was making just such a faint sound while he was moving around a lot. Hard to get a basis of comparison for his resting breathing since he wouldn't hold still at all, and I practically had to stick his head in my ear to hear it, it was so faint. No bubbles, popping, whistling, or discharge from the nose or mouth.

    I'm contemplating taking him to the vets tomorrow afternoon, just to be sure, as we are going out of town for the weekend.

    Thoughts or opinions?
  2. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    I would start monitoring his weight and then become paranoid if he is not maintaining it. I'm by no means a snake person but when one of my lizards refuses food this is my first course of action.
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I have never seen any evidence of colubrid snakes going into a season and stopping eating. It's possible that the failure to feed was due to the shed but shortly afterwards, he should have fed.
    That said, occassionaly mine will just skip a meal for whatever reason that is known only to them. As long as it doesn't go for more than a couple of weeks I would not get too concerned.
  4. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    the first skipped meal can definitely be attributed to oncoming shed, as he was very opaque on his usual feeding day. The next was offered about 3 days after the shed. He refused that one, and the next one (yesterday).

    I'd say he's excessively active. More so than usual. I'll watch him till I leave, and leave instructions for my sitter to notify me if anything strange happens while we are out of town.
  5. nekhebet

    nekhebet Well-Known Member

    Have the pups been in the freezer for a long time? I know sometimes when I get down to the end of the bag one of my Texas Rats refuses to eat them cause they probably taste freezer burnt by that point.
  6. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    no - we go through the pups pretty quick because I have 4 snakes eating them. All the rest of the snakes that normally eat pups (including my picky central American boa) are still eating them normally. We just had to pick up a fresh supply at the last show when I got my carpet python a month ago because we were low.
  7. JMM

    JMM Elite Member

    My Sinaloan (female) decided she didn´t want food for a couple of months (Jan-Feb).
    Temps and hum. were as always have been.
    Then, suddenly, she resumed eating.

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