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 Feeding problem baby rattlers

What can I do to get a problem baby rattler to eat? I’ve tried pinks and fish. It is just not that interested. Any suggestions?

Thanks



05/15/12  05:38pm

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  Message To: Herps4me   In reference to Message Id: 2266515


 Feeding problem baby rattlers

I always force feed little pieces of beef but depending on how old you are and how experienced I wouldn’t suggest it..Live pinks or hoppers are your best option..



05/16/12  03:20pm

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  Message To: JEFF QUARLES   In reference to Message Id: 2266600


 Feeding problem baby rattlers

Thanks Jeff. I try not to force feed, but I think that might be my only option. I never thought about a little pieces of beef. This guy is only 10g, he’s practically right out of mama. How much should I give? 1g worth? Or should I just give a 1g pink? I’ve had a live pink in with him/her for a day now. Does not show any interest.

As far as age and experience, I’m 33 and have worked with snakes since I was 15. I have worked with venomous snakes off and on since then, but have never force fed one. I’ve force fed baby boas, but that’s the extent of my force feed experience.



05/16/12  04:15pm

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  Message To: Herps4me   In reference to Message Id: 2266605


 Feeding problem baby rattlers

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This is a video explaining how to tube feed a picky eater. These are baby Eastern Diamondbacks. We had 9 babies, out of those, 3 would not eat. We had to do this once for 2 of them and twice for one of them before they started to eat on their own. The food is a combination of turkey and gravy baby food, egg whites, and water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdT2duFIRB0&list=UUHCDwcYFINHyO6qMiaJ3GjA&index=4&feature=plcp



05/22/12  11:28am

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  Message To: Chris H   In reference to Message Id: 2267248


 Feeding problem baby rattlers

Thanks Chris! That’s a great video! It looks like the tube goes down about 4 inches...is that about right??



05/24/12  04:20pm

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  Message To: Herps4me   In reference to Message Id: 2267512


 Feeding problem baby rattlers

about 1/4-1/3 of the way down the snake. You just want it far enough that they will not regurge immediately.



05/28/12  06:01pm

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  Message To: Chris H   In reference to Message Id: 2267994


 Feeding problem baby rattlers

Thanks for your help guys! Did the force feed a few days ago and so far so good. I’ll try and offer food next week to see if they will take it. If not, I’ll do another force feed and offer a meal a week later.
Thanks again!

-Wil



06/09/12  12:48pm


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