Have you heard of an appetite stimulant for reptiles? I need to get y baby red tail eating and ive been looking into it. Most of the reviews on it are decent. Do you think its safe? I don't want to risk hurting my baby :(
I am not sure which appetite stimulant you are talking about as there are a few on the market. While it probably is not going to hurt I would try to find out why the snake isn’t eating in the first place. Make sure your husbandry is perfect: heat, lighting, hides, water, substrate, etc. and if it all is next find out what and how often it was eating prior to you owning it (if you bought it from somewhere). Sometimes you can try scenting prey items with other prey by rubbing a mouse with a baby chick for example. You can also try decapitating mice or rats and just feeding heads, pithing them and then feeding, feeding different colored prey, offering smaller sizes than you think is needed. If none of those things work I would get your snake to a reptile veterinarian for a health checkup to make sure everything is alright.
A necessary read. The reason I was trawling through JB’s blog this morning was because someone mentioned RodentPro on FB, their low prices, and it was brought up that they outsource their suppliers and received a lot of lab surplus. This article shares a post by someone who has worked in a lab and it is good information to keep in mind when you are considering feeder companies.
In this same vein, Are Frozen and Thawed Rats Killing Your Boas? deals with issues found with RodentPro’s feeders. There was a large outbreak of zoonotic disease in their feeders several years ago, you can find the thread about it on fauna.
Boaphile 421D vs. Animal Plastics T-10 (Cage Analysis Without Animal in Enclosure) I would like to begin by stating I am a HUGE fan of both Boaphile
Celestial Exotics did a well-written review and comparison of Boaphile and AP caging. Worth the read if you have a boa, or plan to own a boa, as chances are you may end up buying from one of these guys.
I’m so glad you asked this! It’s a sad fact that many people aren’t as affectionate about snakes as they are about other animals. I think it comes down to an inability to empathise, or that some people are just terrified of snakes (like me).
This question is referring to this post which I put up a few weeks months ago (this has been sitting in my ask box for a while). ‘Parlay’ was a coastal carpet python with a LOT of ticks. I did some research on the interwebs and found out what happened to poor Parlay.After someone found him in the wild they brought him to a veterinary clinic; he was anaesthetised and over 200 ticks were removed. After removing all of the ticks it was clear that his head was abnormally enlarged to about 3 times the normal size!!
The hospital ran blood tests and performed x-rays on his skull. These showed that his skull was fractured in 3 places! This provides an explanation for why there were so many ticks on him in the first place. Snakes are normally able to remove most ticks by rubbing them off…
The hospital decided to give Parlay a chance to recover, opting not to pursue euthanasia. Eventually after a number of weeks he ate!
Over the next few months, after regular easy-to-swallow feeds, Parlay began to make a recovery. He still had a few parasites hanging around - but with treatment these cleared up.
Eventually, 13 months after his hospitalisation, Parlay was released and will hopefully live a long, happy, tick-free, life.
Hey, I'm not sure if you know anything about blue tongue skinks, but I figured it couldn't hurt to ask. My BTS hasn't eaten in about 2-3 weeks, and I'm starting to get really worried. I feed him wet dog food (Alpo) with fresh veggies mixed in, and he just doesn't seem interested in it anymore. I only just managed to get him to eat a small piece of peach. Do you have any idea what might be wrong with him?
Without a better history and physically seeing him I can only give an educated guess. That is a fairly long time not to be eating, even full grown adult BTs should eat at least once a week. The first place I would start is husbandry. You should have an enclosure with a cool end in the 80’s and a basking end around 100 F. Substrate can be aspen shavings, coconut fiber, reptibark, etc. I would stay away from sand substrates. Your skink should also have access to a large water dish and at least two hides. Lighting wise they must have UV bulbs in order to process calcium properly.
Diets for BT skinks are fairly simple, they are omnivorous and will eat just about anything. Diet should be something like 60% vegetable matter, 40% animal protein. Good choices for food are arugala, collard greens, endive, cactus pads (spineless), beet and carrot tops, mustard greens, and occasional fruit. Protein sources can and should be varied, crickets, roaches, earthworms, appropriately sized pre-killed mice. I am not a fan of feeding things dog food that are not dogs but a higher quality wet food is ok once in awhile. Alpo is not a really fantastic brand, I would go with Royal Canin, HIll’s, or something like that.
If your husbandry is excellent then the next step is ruling out disease. It could be a calcium deficiency, foreign body/impaction, infection, or pregnancy (unless of course you are 100% he is not a she). I would get him to a herp veterinarian ASAP and get him looked at, he will probably need to have radiographs taken at the very least.