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Old 10-11-2017, 06:33 PM   #1
kalel5011
Irregular feeding behavior

Hey team, I have a (female?) albino western, named Sunny. She is not eating regularly. In all my years of snake keeping, never had this problem. She's VERY active. She shed back at the beginning of August. I'm curious if I should try to force feed or continue offering and if she doesn't eat, just try again the next week?

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Old 10-11-2017, 09:09 PM   #2
Herpin Man
Force feeding should only be used as a last resort. A snake that eats even occasionally is not a candidate for force feeding, in my opinion. Even if temps and other husbandry is OK, some snakes go off feed occasionally, particularly male hognose. In my experience, females are much more aggressive feeders.
I would suggest that you ensure a hot spot of around 90f, and continue offering food. You might also double check the gender.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 07:56 AM   #3
kalel5011
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Force feeding should only be used as a last resort. A snake that eats even occasionally is not a candidate for force feeding, in my opinion. Even if temps and other husbandry is OK, some snakes go off feed occasionally, particularly male hognose. In my experience, females are much more aggressive feeders.
I would suggest that you ensure a hot spot of around 90f, and continue offering food. You might also double check the gender.
Do you mind offering suggestions for how to check sex? Should I research how to do it or take to a vet?

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:06 AM   #4
Beyond GenetiX
Can you post pics of the tail, that is the easiest way to sex a western hognose. Do you know "her" age, sorry if I missed it.

Just to reiterate, DON'T FORCE FEED, please.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 09:38 AM   #5
Herpin Man
Western hogs are easy to sex. The mail has a long, thick tail when viewed from the underside. Post clear photos of the underside of the tail, straightened out, and somebody here should be able to tell you.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 12:36 PM   #6
kalel5011
K, as soon as i get home, I'll take pics and post.

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Old 10-12-2017, 03:58 PM   #7
kalel5011
How does this look?

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Old 10-12-2017, 04:01 PM   #8
Herpin Man
Looks like a male to me.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 05:10 PM   #9
kalel5011
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Looks like a male to me.
That makes more sense about being a finicky eater now. Should I continue offering every week or maybe once every two weeks?

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Old 10-12-2017, 05:38 PM   #10
Herpin Man
I would offer every week. This may be seasonal, and you want to be able to put weight back on him when his appetite is strong.
 

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