So I'm sort of stalking through your noodles' tags, and I noticed something that made me curious. You mentioned at one time to a new owner that balls have a tendency to not eat. I've yet to own any snakes so I'm more than a little clueless so i apologize if these questions sound a little dumb. How often do they feed to begin with? And if they ARE fasting, how long do you wait until you go to a vet to see if something might be wrong with them?
(Just so you know I love it when people stalk my babies tags, makes me super happy <3 )
No question is a dumb question! Everyone learns somehow :) Baby ball pythons should eat every five days, and as they get older it will stretch to seven days(I do this when they hit about 400g), then to ten days(1000g), then to two weeks(1800g) and they will hold two weeks through their whole lives :) If they are fasting, you only need to take them to the vet if their body is deteriorating in any way shape or form. Fasts for a few months are common, Thresh has only eaten a single rat in about 4 months, and he hasn’t lost any weight at all. If the spinal cord shows when they are stretched out (Not curled up, it’s okay for a little bit of spine to show when they are balled up) that is when you start worrying. Or if they aren’t acting normal along with not eating, showing neurological issues, pooping straight water basically, ect.
Thanks for asking! :)