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The question is in the title! Anyone have any ways of knowing if their snake is getting a rumbling tum?
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when mine are hungry the come out an wander round the front of the viv, back and forth in the early evening or when they see me.
usually theyre asleep or soakin up heat to digest their dinner so when they come out an ask for me i know they want dinner.
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Lots of cruising round the tank at night is usually a good indicator... you'll just get to know after a while
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Hmmm, I'm thinking Silver might be hungry. He's been going round his tank tongue flicking like crazy and then set himself up inside his toy as if waiting for a meal to come past...he was last fed on Sunday though - two pinkies and he's moving up to three on his next meal.
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The usual feeding program for young snakes is feed every 5 days so according to that, he's lookin' his meat & 2 veg......
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He's been on weekly feeds though I think, then again he was probably far less active in his little box in the shop, he's been a busy little snake. Guess I'll feed him tonight and then I'll be able to take him out on Sunday and Monday when I'm off work
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Was Silver hungry? YES!

Swallowed his three pinkies in a flash, not a problem at all In fact he seems to be looking for MORE pinkies!

When I gave him the first pinkie I had no idea where his head was because he was curled up in his toy (I've been feeding him in his viv, might take him out next time since he's eating very well), he struck so fast it was amazing!

Now I have a snake with a big fat belly! He'll be sleeping that off until tomorrow night now
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When Gem is hungry she bops up and down the doors of her viv, plus when ever she has a big turnout you know she's gonna want some more!!
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Do you feed her in or out of the viv? I've heard pro's and cons for both. I think Silver will be fine if I want to feed him out of his tank since he's proving to be very tolerant, but I don't know if that would be the better thing or not

Silver has burried beneath his substrate now to digest, I turned the temperature of his heat mat down a bit though I don't want him to get burned, my probe is saying its 29.5C down there, I just hope he hasn't dislodged it with his burrowing!
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I don't think the heat mat would burn, god knows mines dug hers up loads of times...
I feed Gem in and out depending on her mood, if she soots out when striking, believe me you don't wanna try and put her back until she's had at least 2 gerbils or rats, last time she ate one, the only one i had out cos' wasn't sure if she was hungry, everytime i went to put her back shee tried to strike me, had to use a towlel to cover her, maniac snake, she's not normally like that though, my kids hold her so i 90% trust her, have to read her mood carefully.
Feeding her in the viv you can shut the door and contain her, out the viv she tends to try and take the food under a unit or the couch, not really a good idea in case she doesn't eat it.
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