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Q: Why is my corn snake regurgitating......
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Lu Lu

Ok so here’s the deal. I've had my corn snake for a little over 10 years and it has regured it's past 2 meals.

Here’s the kicker, he doesn't do it until 5-6 days after. He'll eat like normal and poops like normal. Around day 5 I find an expelled, not fully digested jumbo mouse (his diet for the past 3 years). I don't understand this. How the hell can a 5ft colubrid not fully digest a mouse in a week.

This has happened twice in the past 2 months. There were 2 weeks between regurge and the next feeding to let him recuperate. The latest just happened this morning (this mouse was from 6 days ago).


Now for the nuts and bolts:

30 gal equivalent housing, aspen, screen lid, always has perfect sheds, Dome CFL light on a timer for cycle and observation, Ultratherm UTH, hides on the ambient and hot spots (73 and 85 respectively) and fresh water provided weekely.


Points: 250
Topics: Feeding , Digestive , Regurge
Tags: Feedingproblems, Regurge
Species: Other Colubrids > Other Colubrids > Elaphe guttata guttata
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Member Comment 11/18/2017 5:17:53 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Did you feed smaller prey following waiting two weeks or the same size? Do you feel that the area of the stomach is larger/thicker than the rest of him?

Author Comment 11/18/2017 5:27:45 PM


I fed the same size as I usually do (jumbo mouse) after waiting the 2 weeks. I was going to feed smaller but my shop didnt have them on hand. As far as his body goes he's been gettin thinner as time goes on on and it's bothering me. He's got that V shape going on. 

Member Comment 11/18/2017 10:20:26 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

With the description you are giving that he's also getting thinner, more V-shaped, my first thought is the possibility of a parasite of some sort - that there's something causing inflammtion in the GI tract that is hindering digestion.

Member Comment 11/20/2017 1:33:11 PM


was he adult when you got him?

how have his poops looked recently?

also, if you can't get smaller just feed the head. maybe 2 weeks wasn't enough for the inflammation to subside?

Author Comment 11/20/2017 1:51:43 PM


I have him since he was a hatchling. Poops still look fine.

I'll wait a few weeks then try smaller food and see what happens.


Member Comment 11/29/2017 6:36:25 AM


I had the same problems with an older male, probably 8 or so years ago. He was fine forever and then BOOM, regurge after regurge. Eventually he stopped eating. His body went from O to /\ pretty quickly. I never got him treated for parasites, which was the suspected culprit at the time, and he passed away.

Author Comment 11/29/2017 9:42:56 AM


I'm just going to wait it out and see what happens.

Member Comment 11/29/2017 3:48:37 PM


I don't know how cold it gets down there, but wait it out for longer than the normal 2 weeks post-upchuck. Brumation might not be a bad thing. Or, I could be way wrong, and it could be terrible. I'd wait. Just my .02.

Author Comment 11/29/2017 5:33:25 PM


It gets cold enough. I'll take the advice to heart and follow it. I love you.

Member Comment 12/28/2017 7:31:23 PM


Is he losing weight? I would definitely try smaller food item the next feeding time or two as well as simply skipping his next normally scheduled feeding. Having him checked for parasites would also be something I would consider and then treat accordingly. Good luck. I hope everything turms out OK!! 

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