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Q: My sand boas don't eat a lot?
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Well if you look at Apollyons feeding recoreds which I put on the site. He's only eaten 3 times since I got him on July 22. I offer him food every week. I've tried live and he denied it so I'm just sticking to frozen/thawed pinkies. I've also done the whole braining thing too. He doesn't even care. He doesn't seem picky about where he does it. He's eaten in front of me so I don't think he's shy or anything. He only weighs about 8g. I'm just concerned that I have an anorexic snake :x

And as far as Whiteout is concerned I got her on Sept 11th and she hasn't eaten yet either. I understand that she could just be adjusting to her new habitat but still I really hope I don't have two problem eaters. Oh and she weighs about 9gs

(Please excuse my spelling errors. I have really bad spelling and no spell check on my school cpu. D: )

Points: 100
Topics: General Health , Feeding
Tags: Baby, Feedingproblems, Frozen, Pinkies, Sandboa, Small, Thawed
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Accepted Answer 9/20/2011 4:33:37 PM


they can be verrrry picky...i've been trying 6 months to get my albino onto f/k, since he was only eating live. I have to "cup" both my sand boas to get them to eat. (my "cups" are actually small flat boxes from cameras and cell phones lol). If they are not eating its something to try.

What are you temps, etc? I'd recommend keeping them on f/t if they will eat it.

Whiteout is probably still adjusting. Sand boas can be frustrating, but dont give up!

Author Comment 9/20/2011 5:53:57 PM


Yeah I put him in a small box to eat. And whiteout I put in the little case she came in. Those good? :o

My temps in both cages go from 76ish-92ish in the hot spot.

Lol I thought she was :3 I refuse to give up though xP

Assisted Answer 9/21/2011 7:04:27 PM


My sand boa was always a picky eater also. What ended up working was placing him in a mini paper lunch bag with a thawed and heated pinkie, rolling up the top of the bag so he couldn't get out, then placing it over the warm side in the cage, closing the cage, draping a towel over it, and leaving him overnight. I think small paper bags provide more security than shoe boxes. Anyways, it's worth a try.

Author Comment 9/21/2011 8:29:19 PM


Cool, I be sure to pick up some paper bags tomorrow and see how it goes :P 

Assisted Answer 9/22/2011 4:08:48 PM


Also, I find scenting before feeding helps. When I first got my sand boa, he wouldn't eat often, so I would put him in a cloth bag I have, tie the top, and thaw the mouse near him. This allows him to smell the mouse and increases his feeding response. Then, a quick soak in warm water to warm him (the mouse) up, and my KSB would readily take the mouse. Now, I dont have to put him in the sack, and he'll eat even if I dont scent.

Author Comment 9/22/2011 4:33:06 PM


Well I thaw using just some warm water. And I tried senting with hamster before he didn't even care o.O

Member Comment 9/23/2011 11:04:58 AM


I don't mean to scent the prey. I mean to allow the snake to smell the prey as it thaws. I do this with all my snakes, and by the time everything is thawed, they are out of their hides searching for food.

Author Comment 9/23/2011 11:07:51 AM

Ah well like I said I do it with warm water I don't think they would be able to smell it.
Assisted Answer 9/25/2011 8:25:19 PM


Perhaps a smaller housing container would help as well as placing the snake in a smaller tub with the pinky overnight. 

Author Comment 10/2/2011 1:36:05 PM


They're both in a 10 gallon and they go in a smaller contianer when feeding. Right now I'm trying the paper bag idea. We'll see how that goes.

If white out doesn't eat what should I do? I know Apollyon is at least a light eater but she's never eaten before I don't think. (I know bad to buy a snake thats never eaten but I didn't know that at the time. o.e)

Member Comment 10/2/2011 5:26:26 PM


Try heating up some water to almost boiling and dip the pinky in just prior to feeding, dry and immediately offer on small tongs.  I've had great success in illiciting feeding responses when the pinky or mouse is very hot.

Author Comment 10/3/2011 1:22:37 PM


Yeah thats what I usually do. I think I'm going to try senting it in chicken broth next time see what happens.

Good news is Apollyon ate. I left him in there for 24 hours  and he finially ate the thing. Whiteout however did not -.- Gahh I'll try her again on thursday or something. 

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