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Old 09-14-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
Tips for getting a juvenile corn to eat

Hey last Wednesday a juvenile (about 14 in) gold dust corn was shipped to me. Packing and shipping conditions were perfect and snake arrived bright eyed and alert. I have since placed her in a plastic tub with paper towels a hideout tube a heater on one end and dechlorinated water in shallow bowl on the other. The only problem is she still isn't eating. Now I've only had a few other young corns and they all ate right away but maybe this is still in the realm of normal? I have been offering f/t pinky mice and poking holes in the heads to make them smell good. I've tried offering them on the heater side of her tank, offering them in a separate container with fewer distractions and giving her a day left alone between attempted feedings to calm down. Any ideas?
Old 09-14-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
Do you know what it was feeding on before? How often have you been offering food? It may still be just getting settled into the new environment and not ready to feed. I would think a 14" corn could take a mouse crawler/hopper.
One trick I've found good success with newborn corns was placing them in a paper bag with a live pinky. I don't know if you'd have to try that with an already established feeder but if all else fails, it might be an option.
Good luck!!

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