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Old 11-08-2018, 11:03 PM   #1
dracothedragon2017
My female Western hognose not eating

She stopped eating before she went into shed about in August. Hasn't eaten since. I've tried scenting with tuna juice, but no go. Any suggestions? She's still peeing, is that good? I've read Weather change can cause lack of appetite, but she has lost a lil weight. Weighted her at 12.4 grams on August 7 now she weighs 10.8 grams as of today. Should I be worried about her weight?

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Old 11-09-2018, 09:50 AM   #2
caffeinecynic
I don't think the classifieds section is the right place for this to be, you might have more luck in the discussion board.

As an aside, I'd try scenting with salmon, not tuna. Have had way more luck with that myself.
 
Old 12-01-2018, 05:24 PM   #3
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Toads are their natural prey, so I had to get a toad to keep just for that purpose. (I call her my hognose assistive-feeding device!) Toads sit in their water bowls because they absorb water through their skins. I dip the thawed mouse in the water the toad has been sitting in, put it in a separate feeding bowl with a lid, put the hognose in the bowl, put it in a dark room, cover it with a towel, and wait a couple of hours. (I know they are supposed to be diurnal, but I have better luck feeding him at night.) Works pretty well. In fact, last week I put him in with an unscented mouse, which he totally ignored. After an hour, I took the mouse, dipped it in the toad’s water bowl, and put it back in with the snake. Half an hour later, I had a lumpy snake and no mouse!

If it’s any consolation, one year he went from September to May without feeding, before someone told me this trick. Good luck!
 
Old 12-01-2018, 05:26 PM   #4
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Toads are their natural prey, so I had to get a toad to keep just for that purpose. (I call her my hognose assistive-feeding device!) Toads sit in their water bowls because they absorb water through their skins. I dip the thawed mouse in the water the toad has been sitting in, put it in a separate feeding bowl with a lid, put the hognose in the bowl, put it in a dark room, cover it with a towel, and wait a couple of hours. (I know they are supposed to be diurnal, but I have better luck feeding him at night.) Works pretty well. In fact, last week I put him in with an unscented mouse, which he totally ignored. After an hour, I took the mouse, dipped it in the toadís water bowl, and put it back in with the snake. Half an hour later, I had a lumpy snake and no mouse!

If itís any consolation, one year he went from September to May without feeding, before someone told me this trick. Good luck!
Thanks guys!

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Old 12-01-2018, 10:02 PM   #5
outfished
I would brumate it for 4 weeks at about 50 degrees and bring out and try again. Live toads can transmit parasites.
 
Old 12-01-2018, 11:17 PM   #6
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I would brumate it for 4 weeks at about 50 degrees and bring out and try again. Live toads can transmit parasites.
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