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Q: Mature female Kingsnake Refusing food
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I have a Female Speckled Kingsnake roughly three years old.  She's a terrific eater, but began refusing food last Fall, and I put her in brumation for 3 months.  When I took her out of brumation in February, she began feeding again regularly.  But she's refused food the last two times offered, last week and this week.

I suspect this has something to do with her breeding cycle.  Kingsnakes reportedly mate mid-March (Florida) to June in the wild.  I just can't find much information on females refusing to eat during the breeding period.  I DO NOT plan to breed her.  Has this been observed by other people who keep females, breeding or otherwise? - Thanks

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Topics: Feeding , Cycling
Species: Kings and Milks > Kingsnakes > Lampropeltis getula holbrooki
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Member Comment 4/17/2017 7:08:44 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Not specific to Kingsnakes, but when I have one go off feed, I double check the temps in the enclosure to see if they're where they should be, I also like to consider if there is any new vibration or air flow in the area - say you've started to use the A/C, for example, and if those sorts of things are ruled out, I offer prey a size or two smaller than I normally do. I've had faily good success with that.

Author Comment 5/4/2017 12:14:10 PM


My snake has resumed feeding.  Not absolutely certain of what caused her to refuse food earlier, but I went ahead and broke open a new package of frozen mice.  There's a chance that the feeders remaining in the previous batch had spoiled...There seemed to be a faint ammonia-like smell about them.  Thanks Sonja for responding earlier!

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