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Posted by fred60655 at 2/24/2010 6:14:43 PM

I recently purchased a Corn Snake from Full Spectrum Exotics at Tinly and it has refused a pinkie mouse. And what I would like to know is if anyone has any tips on how to induce a baby corn to eat. P.S. She refused a F/T mouse.

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Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 2/24/2010 6:37:19 PM  
What was the previous keeper feeding it and how were they presenting the prey item?

Could it be about to shed?

Stick the snake and a live pinky in a deli cup and put it some place dark and warm for the duration of an entire night.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 2/24/2010 7:41:47 PM  
You can try the deli cup with a F/T, too. I don't know if you do or not, but I don't have access to live prey that small anywhere close to where I live. I've had very good luck w/ putting the snake and the prey in a deli cup and then putting the deli cup and all right back into the cage - NOT directly on top of the heat, though, and leaving overnight. May not work the first time, but usually only takes a couple tries.

Sarah ,
Posted At: 2/24/2010 11:24:11 PM  
If all else fails have you ever heard of braining??? Baby corns are the only snakes I've ever had trouble with for feeding. Yeah, I got ball pythons started on frozen thawed quicker half the time. Good luck, and don't stress. Maybe snakie just needs to settle in a bit more before eating.

Posted At: 2/25/2010 12:32:30 AM  
often times if the first meal or two is offered live just to start a pattern they will very readily switch to f/t . Obviously if the avaiability of live is an issue you will have to try the whole deli cup paper sack routine. Either way, good luck

John ,
Posted At: 2/25/2010 9:28:29 AM  
My first advice would be leave it alone for a week and try again.  Sometimes it just takes some patience and hair pulling.  I've had babies that were slow starters, but usually they will start eating and do fine.  I agree with others here that you should do the feeding in a deli cup or a small sterlite tub or something.  If you're feeding it in a large enclosure it might be much more reluctant to feed.

Just try and be patient and keep working with him.

I have a baby Blood right now that is truly driving me crazy with her refusals of food.  I'm trying to be patient with her.

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