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Our 3 month old cornsnake escaped around Christmas time and reappeared - alive - yesterday evening. After 7-odd weeks without food he is very thin. Have given him a defrosted pinkie this morning but he is not eating it. He is moving around a little bit in the vivarium, staying on the heat mat generally (temp 26.6C), and drinking water occasionally. I've left the pinkie on the heat mat near him, and drawn the curtains and left him alone. He's been like this for 2-3 hours. Any ideas / suggestions to get him to eat? Thanks.
 

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I have known snakes die after going straight back onto heat after a spell lost in the house, so be careful to up his temperatures very gradually. Water is the most important thing at this point, it might be worth trying some Critical Care in the water until he's picked up enough to eat? There's another one made by Beaphar that has apparently got good reviews, but I can't for the life of me remember the name.
 

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Yay! That pinkie has gone down! We dipped it in warm water and waved it in front of the snake's mouth, head first. Thanks everyone for your advice - comforting to know there are people out there and not to panic!
 

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I have known snakes die after going straight back onto heat after a spell lost in the house, so be careful to up his temperatures very gradually.
Agreed! I have had first hand experience with that. When I lost my anery corn as a hatchling, it reappeared about 4 months later, very thin. I put him straight into a vivarium with a ceramic heat bulb!:bash:
Went in the next morning to find him dead.

The best thing you can do it have patience, and maybe a powerade bath would help, would give him loads of energy!
 

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I spoke to a specialist reptile vet this week, who specifically advised me about looking after a snake that has had a very stressful experience. He told me that for at least 2 weeks you should put the Reptoboost in the water; even if he has eaten he could be very dehydrated. Reptoboost is the best one for extreme stress because he said Critical Care does not have the level of electrolites required. I would give it 7-14 days until you handle him apart from feeding. I know you want to, but he needs to chill out and relax. I have to be hands-off mine for a while until he has settled.

Good luck, glad you got him back:2thumb:
 
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