Are any of you in Bucks County, PA? Would any of you be experienced enough and willing to take a baby ball python who will only eat live food?
I work at a pet store and while I don’t necessarily agree with selling most pets, this one is special. He’s a normal morph and we’ve had him at least since Thanksgiving 2016. He has refused to eat anything the entire time he’s been with us. He is currently being force fed Carnivore Care, per the vet’s orders, but that’s no way to live. It is just enough to keep him alive.
There is no medically wrong with him. He’s been to an experienced reptile vet several times and every time we’re told he’s perfectly healthy, just underweight from not eating. He went to the vet today and she said that he has one month to start eating or he should be put down.
My coworkers and I are devastated. This baby BP is the sweetest thing, he’s very active and friendly, and he loves baths. None of us have the means to take him. The vet even thinks, as do we, that he just does not like frozen mice and needs live mice, but our corporate policy does not allow live feeder animals other than crickets or comet goldfish. It is such a simple solution but our store is just not able to do it.
My manager and several of my coworkers want to adopt him out to an experienced snake parent who can give him the food he needs. That means he would be free and your money will not go towards my store. I know most of you, myself included, don’t like getting animals from pet stores (and I’m sure I’ll get flak for posting this), but I’d like you to at least think about making an exception. He’s only a baby who can’t be fed properly because of our policy.
If you are seriously interested, please PM me for more information. All of us in pet care would hate for this poor baby to put down just because he wants live mice.