On 20 Sep 2006 07:47:14 -0700, "Loknar" wrote:
>I just got a Black Kingsnake for my birthday, from my boyfriend. He is
>absolutely beautiful. I do have a couple questions for anyone out
>~ is it a major problem if he hasn't eaten? I've only had him for 4 or
>5 days, but I tried feeding him last night and he was completely
>uninterested? The pet store said to feed him on Tuesdays. It was a
>frozen mouse; is there something I can do to make him more interested?
>~ How often should he be eating? The pet store said he was about 2 1/2
>years old and he is probably 3 feet long or so.
>This is my first snake, I love him to death, he is absolutely
>beautiful, but I don't know a whole lot about feeding and such. I just
>want to make sure that I am doing everything right and anything I can
>to make him happy!
>Can you post pictures as well on here??
>Thanks to anyone who can answer these questions!
First, don't panic. A snake that size could likely go a couple months
without eating with no problem. Second, bookmark www.kingsnake.com
You can find caresheets there as well as discussion forums.
A couple quick thoughts on getting him to eat. I presume that you are
thawing the frozen mouse, but try warming it up to 100 F or so. Some
snakes will take mice off tongs, but others do best if you simply
place the food in their cage and leave the room.
If you post about him on www.kingsnake.com,
make sure to tell about
what type of enclosure you have him in and what the temperature is.
Ideally, you'd have a warm side in the low to mid 80's and a cool side
in the mid 70's.