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Old 09-01-2010, 03:11 PM
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S/He is 4 months old and i have had her for 3 or 4 weeks,she is my first boa and i have set everything up as told to by the person i bought it off who also said it is a strike feeder but ive tryed feeding atleast 8 times by wiggling with the feeding tongs but she acts like shes scared of it by backing off and slithering away, i have also tryed leaving it on a bit of kitchen roll over night but she has only eaten it once out of the 8 times ive tryed, plz help.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:26 PM
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have you tried different foods try mice if using rats or other way round
some of mine wont take mice but will take rats

what have you been told on temps , viv size ect

also when young they are very scared and seem to like to feed from there hide , i just place food into entrance of hide and bang its gone
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:44 PM
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Are you feeding the mice cold?

I had a ball python once who would only feed if the mouse was warm.
My crawl cay boa strike feeds whatever but have to say she nails it harder if its warm.

Also what size foods are you using could be to big and scaring it.
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The main thing is not to panick,read some of the threads about on feeding and the try some of the different tips but i would only try the snake once a week as you dont want to be stressing him out.A description of your set up,temps,how often do you have him out or anything else that might be relevant will help
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:35 PM
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It all depends on if the info given to you was correct, what are the temps and humidity levels? What size viv is it kept in? What are you using to heat the viv? and finaly is the heat source on a thermostat?
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:15 PM
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the viv is 30x12x12 and the temp in the warm end is around 85f and it is heated by heat mat, it is sprayed down daily but its not on a thermostat,and for lobley it took it the first time i left but hasnt taken since.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:16 PM
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the viv is 30x12x12 and the temp in the warm end is around 85f and it is heated by heat mat, it is sprayed down daily but its not on a thermostat,and for lobley it took it the first time i left but hasnt taken since.
This is the first thing to get sorted if you want her to feed she may be overheating.
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ou definately need a thermostat,the mat temp will be a lot higher than the thermometer is reading
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:34 PM
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also maybe try giving it a little time to settle in 8 times in 3 to 4 weeks is a little much and could be stressing it try it once a week and try to leave it alone in the mean time while your getting to feed no handerling or anything only disturb when you really need to and like someone as already said try feeding it in its hide
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Have you tried Braining the food? (make a small slit on the head of bait)

Works for me when mine dont feed
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