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GoGo
11-04-2007, 03:13 PM
We have a snake who wont eat anything right now, he seems absolutely too SMALL to eat anything, and thats the problem. The snake is too small and deathly afraid of any live prey, so even just born pinkies wont work with him, and he wont eat frozen either right now. He is not a hatchling, the snake has to be at least a few months old, but probably very malnourished, so, on some advice form several sites about things other than pinkie pumps, and recipes other than pure mashed pinkie, we've come up with a temporary fix for the poor thing. It works for us, hes alive, doing well enough, and starting to grow better, so maybe it would work for you if you have a reluctant feeder.

Snake Mush:
(2) 2.5oz jars of Meat Baby Food (We use 1 Beef in gravy and 1 Turkey in gravy)
6 defrosted pinkies
Some of Zilla Food Spray Calcium Supplement(in pure liquid form)
4 or so squirts of Pet Authority Leapin' Lizards: Electrolytes w/ Vitamins & Minerals
A bit of water to dilute it

Take all this, blend it up really good in a food processor, it should come out as a liquid, even without water, but the recipe is kind of heavy to be given directly to the snake without a bit of water in it to dilute it. We manage to 3/4 fill a 1 pound deli cup with it when we make it. Now you could downsize the recipe for a smaller outcome or change it in any way, but this is what worked for us and we froze what we didnt use for use on a later day.

To give this to the snake we used a syringe with the end of an eye dropper cut off and placed on the nipple of the tube. A guide on how to make your own syringe of this kind and how to administer the food liek this can be found here:

http://www.herpo.com/tubes/index.html

IndyCrestie
11-04-2007, 03:20 PM
Glad it's working for you...I'm curious though, what kind of snake is it? Even hatchling corns, which are tiny (!), can wolf down a frozen/thawed pinkie. "Can't eat" and "won't eat" are two very different things. Just keep that in mind, because if the snake grows and still refuses to eat normally, problems may crop up health wise.

But for now...you do what you gotta do to get nutrition in him. :)

GoGo
11-04-2007, 03:42 PM
Theres really something wrong with his size, we had another hatchling corn that was born same time as him, both are corns, and there was a considerable size difference between the healthy one(eating) and the sickish one(being force fed the mush). We tried force feeding pieces of pinkie or full pinkies before this but he couldnt take them down. Without this stuff he wasnt growing and if he isnt growing he certainly wouldnt get big enough to be able to eat.

cookreptiles
11-05-2007, 01:01 AM
you can also use hill's a/d prescription diet (for dogs and cats) mixed with a little water so it will go through the feeding tube.

it is quite true though that often times there is something else wrong with the snake that is causing it not to eat. have you taken your snake to a herp vet for evaluation?

Hurley
11-05-2007, 12:03 PM
Another quickie liquid diet that has worked well for me in the past is egg (and the powdered egg is easier to deal with as you can mix it a little thicker - less slimey). I've had problems with A/D long term.

I currently use "Carnivore Care", an egg based veterinary product for ill carnivores for tube feeding. It's worked well for me so far with snakes I've had to tube feed.