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i've got a 'hatchling' corn, she's 3.5 months old now and has been a non feeder since i got her at 3 weeks old :( She ate her first 3 meals herself, but i've never got her to eat on her own. i've been assisting her with mouse tails for the last 2.5 months, i've tried every trick in the book to get her to feed to no avail.
she's growing very slowly, and is quite thin and desperately needs to gain some weight (she's only shed once, and that was after hatching :(), but as she won't unhook her jaw, mouse tails is all i can get down her.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what i can give her thats got a bit more meat, or a bit more fat than a tail?
heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!!!!! i'm starting to get desperate now! she's still very active and she's proper nice, and i'm not giving up without a fight!!
 

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pinkie pump might be an option mate?
 

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How are you keeping your snake? (viv size, temps, etc). If she had been feeding before you got her it could be a husbandry thing that needs addressing before considering assist-feeding which is stressful.

I'm not a corn expert as I prefer constrictors, but if you could outline your setup maybe some of the corn experts can help more.

If everything is "perfect" it could be better to take a trip to a specialist herp vet.
 

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alistu said:
have you tried using a credit card to get her to open her mouth slide card in gently and they open up worked for me
i can get her mouth open no probs using a paperclip (thanks for the tip nige :)). the problem is she won't unhook her jaw, so can't get anything meaty down her.

cornmorphs said:
pinkie pump might be an option mate?
thats going to be a real last resort, i don't much fancy taking it on - i'll have to find someone to who's used one to show me how to do it without doing any damage.

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How are you keeping your snake? (viv size, temps, etc). If she had been feeding before you got her it could be a husbandry thing that needs addressing before considering assist-feeding which is stressful.
I'm not a corn expert as I prefer constrictors, but if you could outline your setup maybe some of the corn experts can help more.
If everything is "perfect" it could be better to take a trip to a specialist herp vet.
everythings perfectly set up. she's just one of those awkward hatchlings. yes assist feeding is stressful for both the snake and myself, but if i hadn't done it she would have been dead weeks ago. she's growing slowly, going to the toilet normally, nice and active, tongue flicking etc, so the pointers to her general health are all ok
 

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live is an option mate
 

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Probably better to just buy a male and female and wait a few weeks tbh, they will get on with it on their own it doesnt take long for pinks to come along. Atenatively you'd have to find a mouse breeder nearby that was willing to bung you one - might be some people breeding to feed in your area?
 

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I'm assisting my Anery at the moment, started off on mouse tails and am now feeding her very small pinkies. I use the inside of a pen (the bit with the ink in) to open her mouth then very slowly push the pinkie in. I do relax my hold on her slightly to encourage her to try and take it down herself. It is frustrating, especially when she spits it back out but worth
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I left a pinkie in with her last week but she didn't touch it so she was assisted a day later. I'll try again when she's next due a feed and will scent the pinkie to encourage her.
 

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Just out of curiosity. Where can you actually buy live that small???
There are very few places that will sell you live food for the main obvious reason.

However not sure if people know this rule,

Feeding live mice pinkies etc to your snake is classed as crulty to the mouse, however if the snake will not feed on defrost foods and becomes too thin etc, this is classed as crulty to the snake and live food can be offered.

Some wierd rule that does allow you to feed live, but this is not something that we recommend, i know your corn is small, but mice & rats have sharp teeth and can do servere damage when fighting for its life.

Pre/fresh-killed is always the best option.
 

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i think in time she will start to eat on her own eventually, but till she does i'm gonna persevere with assisting. back to my original question, any 'more meaty/fatty/high calorie' suggestions of alternatives to tails? i'm talking thin stuff that she won't have to unhook for, but will help her put weight on. i'm not worried about stuff that 'might put her off mice', cos she won't take em anyway.
 

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Just out of curiosity. Where can you actually buy live that small???
i have started breedingmy own again, although i havent actually used any this year
 

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Have you thought about maybe fluff mouse legs, rat pup legs, day-old chick drumsticks?
 
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