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is it possible to train a snake to eat its food off the floor of its cage instead of her strike feeding as my boa has always been a strike feeder since i got her but lately im finding it akward as wen she grabs the mouse i eitr dont let go off it or shes not getting a good grip on it
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Old 14-02-2010, 09:20 PM
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I'd always encourage strike feeding, its the best response.
i dont understand what the problem is? shes not getting a good grip? but she still eats it?
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Old 14-02-2010, 09:23 PM
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is she losing her grip because she makes you jump and you pull the tongs back without releasing the prey?
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shes not eating for last 2 weeks as wen ive dangled the mouse she strikes at it and wen i go to back away from tank wen she has it shell drop it shortly after ive gone and wen i try again she gets very hissy and strike at it but not grabbing it and constricting it like she normally does shes bout 40r50cm long and eating frozen small adult mice
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Old 14-02-2010, 09:28 PM
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this isnt a striking issure or feeding method issue the snake doesnt want to eat from the sounds of it.
could be its not happy with the setup/temps or he/she is stressed for some reason. may even just not want to feed in these cooler months.
2weeks shouldnt be anything to worry about check your setup give her a week off handling and try again weekend see how you go.
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is she losing her grip because she makes you jump and you pull the tongs back without releasing the prey?

yep shes also doing that she makes me do jump without releasing the prey most of time she takes it no bother but last 2 weeks shes been striking at it and im not letting go quick enough
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Old 14-02-2010, 09:30 PM
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If they are hungry snakes will eat whether off tongs or off the floor naturally.
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ok thanks ill do that and see how it goes as i like to make sure she eats 1nce a week at least
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once a week is fine but not anything to worry about even 4-6weeks is fine its after this if they are losing weight you should stsrt to take concern.
check your temps and humidity try for 92 basking spot 80-82 cool end and 84ish ambiant humidity 50%ish and just keep trying to feed. like freeman said hungry/healthy snakes feed regardless of method.
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I had a male royal that wouldnt eat from the floor...i think he had bad eyesight from years of no shedding properly.
i sometimes would drop the rat, problem was getting it out again without him seeing movement and taking my hand instead while h was in food mode!!

shes not coming into shed while this has started happening is she?
she might be more nervous because she cant see properly
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