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Old 06-16-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
Last resort feeding/ How do I force feed a hognose?

Hello everyone!!
We all know hogs can be picky eaters,But I have an albino that hasn't eaten in almost six months..I've had him for almost a year an a half.Ive tried tiny pinkies,salmon an tuna scented pinkies,an small strips on salmon.He was in a 5 gallon tank,I've since moved him to a rack think he was uncomfortable or nervous in the tank.He is starting to turn white an his eyes aren't getting cloudy so I don't think he's shedding.I have 9 other hogs an haven't had any problems like this with any of them.He also has no external sores or abnormalities on him.I don't know what to do at this point,I don't want to lose him.Any advice would be helpful.

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Old 06-16-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
Beyond GenetiX
My approach (which everyone will not agree with) is to offer frogs or toads to the stubborn ones. You can't switch a dead snake back to f/t but a stubborn snake has a chance. Hognose snakes are generally sight feeders, it gets them going to see frogs jumping around. Hope it helps.
Old 06-16-2016, 01:30 PM   #3
I'll try it for sure.but he's tiny at this point.about as thick as a pencil.he is still feisty,still hisses an flattens his head at me.Thanks for help.

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Old 06-17-2016, 03:56 PM   #4
I haven't tried Jason's approach, but he's probably right. When my baby hog went off food, I tried scenting with everything everyone suggested but only had luck with soaking a pinkie in very warm Vienna Sausage juice and putting her in a small box with the pinkie and left her alone. Within an hour it was gone. Only had to do this twice and she continued to eat normally after that. Good luck with your little one.
Old 06-18-2016, 11:59 AM   #5
I have my female albino het snow born late last year and I usually have to feed her small anoles or geckos sadly but it's the only thing she eats unless I force feed her pinkies I've tried about everything in the book so if he doesn't take even frogs it wouldn't hurt to try a lizard!
Old 07-23-2016, 12:35 AM   #6
Toads are definately the goto scenting.
Old 06-12-2017, 10:57 AM   #7
I had Mexican Hogs for years. I had 1 picky eater who wouldn't eat anything (frogs, toads, lizards, etc). I force fed it a baby food / reptical mixture for 6 months until it ate (through a plastic syringe. It is possible to force feed, but I don't suggest it.

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