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Thanks all. I think I will just leave her for a couple more weeks without handling. I will do a spot check for poo etc tonight but worry I will scare her even doing that. But she now has plant cover as well as her two hides and I am sure this will help. I tried a feed last Sunday. I ordered some multis and gerbils to try instead of mice. Do you think I should try a multi on Sunday???

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Try what you have already been offering but super heat the head. You would be surprised what a difference this can make, remember snakes are heat seekers and she will aim for the hot head of the prey, it stimulates them to strike when it's hot.
If you go straight on to multi then she might get fussy and once they have a taste for these, some royals won't eat anything else and are hard to change to another prey type.
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Wait 7 days. It's only thursday.
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Cheers Artisan. I was thinking waiting 7 days so ie this Sunday coming.

She has struck at the food but then leaves it. So, heating the head - How exactly do you do it?

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Cheers Artisan. I was thinking waiting 7 days so ie this Sunday coming.

She has struck at the food but then leaves it. So, heating the head - How exactly do you do it?

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Dip the head of the mouse/rat in boiling water for 5 seconds or so, wipe the excess water off, leave another few seconds just to take the edge of the heat..... then offer. If she doesn't take it, leave it in overnight and don't disturb her or keep checking.
feed her in the evening in a dimly lit room if possible, low light. All these little things should help. Good luck.
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Dip the head of the mouse/rat in boiling water for 5 seconds or so, wipe the excess water off, leave another few seconds just to take the edge of the heat..... then offer. If she doesn't take it, leave it in overnight and don't disturb her or keep checking.
feed her in the evening in a dimly lit room if possible, low light. All these little things should help. Good luck.
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I am lucky mine has been really well behaved and has eaten like a pig. In fact when she is getting due a feed you have got to be careful not to waggle any digits near her hide. Made that mistake tidying substrate. I was going to say I did not see her coming but, in reality she was quicker than that, I did not even see her going. In fact I just did not see her full stop. Lucky for me I must have been just out of range as she just brushed my finger. Feeding response and totally my own fault. When she is due a feed I simply remove her hide so she can see all of me, not just my tempting mouse size fingers.

She was a tiny bit viv defensive initially, puffing up and taking up a strike position however I watched a video on you tube that I found very helpful. As a first time snake owner it gave me the confidence to handle the situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heqx7dYdBZ4


Once we had broken the ice I now like to get her out every day except for 48 hours after feeding. I think that is really helping her get used to being handled. That said I bet that is a very individual thing. No doubt a less extravert snake could be totally freaked by so much handling.
That video is great mate. Made me realize I also need o be more confident as well as the snake. It works both ways.
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Here are a couple of pics of her in teh viv. Image Upper.com - View Gallery Photos
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I'd recommend changing the substrate to coco fibre, or something with a bit more hold that'll up the humidity. You'd be surprised how humid they like it.

The viv you're using looks a lot like the Leo/Invert vivs that Monkfield used to make, with the glass top? - If so, cover the top with some dark card or a towel. I'd also thaw whatever you're attempting to feed the snake, next to its enclosure. You'll probably notice if you leave the mouse/rat/whatever thawing in hot water beside the viv, the snake will eventually stretch over to the scent. A good sign of hunger!
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Good news all.

I bought some Gerbils last week, they got delivered on Friday.

I took them home and thought i'd give one a go. She looked very curious s I dangled the Gerbil in after thawing out. She struck but then left the Gerbil. I dipped the Gerbil's head in boiling water and bam she went for it and withing ten minutes had swallowed the lot. I am so glad she finally ate you all really helped. I got multimammates as well but these are huge so will be for when she gets bigger but for know I will stick with Gerbils. I might try a mouse again in the same way on the next feed and replace with a Gerbil if she does not eat it.
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