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Q: My Jungle Carpet Won't Eat!!! For a month!!!
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Young Link

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My Jungle Carpet Python, Epitome, refuses to eat. I've had him for almost three years but not once has he refused a meal. I've tried everything from decreasing the size, changing the species, increasing the size, and different thawing techniques. This usually woundn't worry me but this time it does because he has a small cut on the bottom of his chin. It doesn't look like it's getting worse and it's been there for about a month, but I can't seem to remember if he stopped eating after he got the cut, I'm almost positive he ate one meal after that, but not completely positive. I started back up tracking for a couple months luckily right before he stopped, though I may have skipped one meal. Can anyone tell me what to do?

Points: 150
Topics: Feeding , General Health , Mouth
Tags: Cheynei, Feeding, Morelia, Refusal, Spilota
Species: Pythons > Morelia > Morelia spilota cheynei
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Assisted Answer 3/3/2010 1:22:51 AM

First of all a lot of mature males fast during this time of year and can go for months with out eating, any species really. Second, if the cut is a concern then you should see a vet. Near the mouth can cause mouth rot to develop but there are very noticable signs of it. There is plenty of info available on the web about it. Lastly all of this switching and changing may be contributing to stress which will also cause them not to eat. Simply offer the normal prey item of the usual size at the accostomed time period and don't fret, he will eat when he gets hungry!
Member Comment 3/3/2010 5:30:47 AM

Howard Redding
just wait it out some of my males go 3-4 months without eating during breeding season.
Member Comment 3/3/2010 6:48:52 AM

Redic Retics
if it gets to 5 or 6 months i would be worried. and i would see a good herp vet over the cut, better safe then sorry.
Member Comment 3/3/2010 8:18:48 AM

I agree with the others.  A month really isn't long, especially this time of year.  As long as his weight is not dropping and he's otherwise healthy. 
Member Comment 3/3/2010 9:21:39 AM

see if he will take a mouse .... my one male went two months when i got him i gave him a mouse sure enough he hit it like white on rice then i trained a rat right after the mouse ....but it could be b/c it's breeding season my male hasn't eatin since dec b/c he has been breeding with my female i have offered him meals but he refuses so as long as he keeps doing his thing i am sure he will eat soon enough :)
Accepted Answer 3/3/2010 12:02:54 PM

First thing, get a weight on him so you have a starting point. It's the only real way to tell how they're doing when fasting.

Our male coastal, Medusa, went 235 days without eating so honestly a month is nothing. As long as he's not losing weight and appears in good health I'd offer him his usual prey item every 3-4 weeks. he'll eat when he's hungry.

If the cut is not healing, definitely a trip to a competent vet is in order. While fasting is not a problem for most adult snakes it can compromise the healing and that is something you don't want.
Member Comment 3/3/2010 12:03:16 PM

I wouldn't recommend offering a mouse to a carpet that has been established on rats. These guys are notorious mouse lovers and it can be a real pain to get them back to rats if you spoil them because they are off their feed for bit in breeding season.
Author Comment 3/3/2010 12:14:15 PM

Young Link
His cut is healing and doesn't seem to be getting worse, I'll wait s week before I attempt to feed him again, but when is breeding season over?
Member Comment 3/3/2010 6:39:32 PM

Billy Warren

i have a ball python that hadnt eaten in 2 months and once i tried a live mouse instead of thumped and he took right away so who knows maybe this will work for u but also with mating season here he might have the "humpty dumpty" set on his mind as well hahahahaha

Member Comment 3/5/2010 12:19:06 PM

don't feed your adult carpet mice. Just don't do it....you will regret it long term.

wait it out...Males fast, all species espcially now.
Member Comment 3/5/2010 9:45:38 PM

Katie M
my female is off food as well - it just happens :)
Member Comment 3/6/2010 9:30:54 AM

He is probably looking to get some, if you know what i mean
Member Comment 3/8/2010 11:07:05 PM

I learned one thing the hard way... no mice for carpets unless they are babies! Kisses for a long time, was addicted to mice to no end. Would not touch a rat. UGH, It drove me nuts. It took me having to wait her out until she was really hungry and then I drenched a rat with mouse brain fluids. Ever since then she has been taking rats and now she is not allowed anywhere near a mouse!
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