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A. Check out Reddit! There are subreddits with tons of people who know all about snakes.

Check out the side-bar where they have links to pages all about care for specific snake breeds.

If your snake is a Ball Python, you can also try http://www.reddit.com/r/ballpythons

Post your question there, and snake owners will be happy to help!

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You don`t need to feed a ball python every day. Generally, smaller or younger ball pythons need to eatevery five days, while larger ones usually eat once every week or two. As they get older you feed them more at one time so they don`t need as many feedings.
Hatchlings: I fed my hatchling corns a pinky mouse every five days for a good six or seven months. Some say to feed hatchlings two or three times a week, however I think that`s a little excessive. Juveniles: For snakes over six or seven months, feed once every seven to ten days.
If fed too much snakes will become obese. This happens most often when the snake ages. Like all reptiles, snakes are ectotherms whose body temperature and metabolism depend upon the temperature of their surroundings. Changes in their environment – especially heat and light cycles – will affect their appetites.
How Long Snakes Can Go Without Food. A baby snake will begin to seriously starve after roughly a week without food — and once that baby grows into an adult, members of most snake species can comfortably get by for at least two to three weeks.
Any snake that is overfed can become obese. In addition, a snake`s stomach only has so much capacity. If it tries to digest too much at once, the snake will become unwell.
Juvenile ball pythons can go without food for up to 1-2 weeks, while adult ball pythons can go for 4-6 weeks without food.
Feeding him twice a week would make him more stressed out all the time. Snakes are generally more stressed after they`ve eaten (hence not handling them for 24+ hours after feeding), so it`s better to let them eat and digest all at once, rather than him having food in him /weighing him down all the time.
It`s not uncommon for predatory animals to go a few days between meals. It can actually be pretty tough trying to catch other animals – especially since they don`t want to be eaten! But snakes take this to the extreme. They can range from eating a meal nearly every day to only once in a whole year!
She only needs around 1 pinky per 4–5 days while she`s very young. Slowly dropping to 1 prey animal per 7–10 days as she matures. You can definitely try giving two pinkies if you don`t mind occasionally discarding one.
In ideal conditions, your snake should complete the digestion of a meal after 6-8 days, defecating shortly after. If your snake has not defecated 2 weeks after eating, you may want to help them out.
Frozen Prey Has No Parasites

Freezing kills many parasites that can be present in prey, so there is no risk of your snake being exposed to any illness or disease. As well as this, as live prey is more susceptible to injuring your snake, even if it`s just a minor scratch, this leaves them vulnerable to infections.

As it grows, it will still be hungry because the one pinky isn`t enough. If your snake is still tongue-flicking and exploring the cage after its first pinky, it is still hungry and you can offer it another pinky. If it stops tongue-flicking and looks for a place to lie still, you can stop feeding at that point.
Visit Your Veterinarian

Accordingly, it is wise to make an appointment with your vet anytime your snake refuses food for longer than a few weeks. Your vet will be able to determine if your snake is suffering from parasites, respiratory infections, or any other health problems that may limit his appetite.

Molting is the most common cause of loss of appetite: your snake may stop eating when it`s about to molt or shed its skin. 1 In addition to premolt anorexia, look for your snake`s skin to become very pale and dull and its eyes to look blue and milky.
You can tell a snake is hungry when it exhibits specific behaviors such as: Prowling the front of the tank, being more active, focussing on you whenever you are near the enclosure, flicking its tongue more often, and hunting at a similar time each day or night.
Refusing to eat is a signal that your snake is stressed. It should come as no surprise that snakes are routine animals and don`t like change so very much. If your snake has just been brought to his new home and is not eating, there are very high chances that your snake is refusing food due to the stress of moving.
As you probably know, many (if not most) snakes eat relatively infrequently. Fasts lasting several weeks are exceedingly common among serpents, and some may go without food for months.
Handle your snake at least 1-2x weekly, but no more than once daily. Snakes do not require social interaction for their mental health, but regular handling helps the snake stay tame and can be a good opportunity for exercise.
1.5 – 2.5 feet | 150-500 grams

A healthy 6-month old ball python may weigh as little as 100 grams or as much as 300.

Give Them a Long Weekend

As a rule of thumb, wait 24 to 72 hours after your snake has fed before holding him. However, if your snake still exhibits a large food bulge after three days — or if it has gotten bigger since the initial ingestion — refrain from handling him.

Spoiler: No. People feed their snakes in different enclosures for two reasons. The main concern is that a snake will go into “feeding mode” when you open and reach into their usual enclosure if they are fed in that same space. Then, once the enclosure`s open, they may bite you after mistaking you for prey.
Snakes eat large, infrequent meals rather than small, regular ones. As a result, snakes poop infrequently. Most snakes will poop once every 1-4 weeks. The more often they eat a meal, the more frequently they`ll poop.
If a mammal loses its head, it will die almost immediately. But snakes and other ectotherms, which don`t need as much oxygen to fuel the brain, can probably live on for minutes or even hours, Penning said.
#1—Never handle a hungry snake

First, that`s not going to work. And second, it`s going to make it much more likely that your snake will bite you. ( FYI, here`s what to do if your snake does bite you.) Hungry snakes are way more aggressive than content snakes that are fed on a regular schedule.

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Q. My puppy refuses to walk outside on the leash. This only happens when we’re outside… Is it stubbornness or fear?
ANSWER : A. It is never stubbornness. Dogs are not stubborn, they can’t be. Dogs do not generalize well, and dogs display fearful behavior that appears to be stubbornness. Absolutely NEVER force this dog to walk outside when he is uncomfortable with doing so.. the more you force him to do it, opposition reflex – the more he will resist. The more he resists and is forced into it, the less he learns about being comfortable, and the more he becomes fearful of you and of the situation.

What you can do is carry extremely high value treats outside with you. Things like cooked white meat chicken, cooked fish, turkey pepperoni, turkey bacon, diced ham, mozzarella cheese sticks – all cut up into tiny little pea-sized pieces. You can also use peanut butter in a squeeze tube. First, put on the leash indoors and begin feeding him the treats. Help him make positive associations with having the leash put on. Then, take the leash off, and start over in 10min. Put the leash on, feed treats, walk to the door, open the door, feed treats, close door, take off leash. Start over in 10min. Put on leash, feed treats, go to door, feed treats, open door, feed treats, go outside, feed tons of treats and praise. Keep Titus in his comfort zone. If he doesn’t want to go far, just feed him tons of treats where he IS comfortable going. Make sure everything is calm/happy/positive. I bet in a week of doing this, he will be happy with walk further and further all of the time. If ever he is uncomfortable, feed him lots of treats for being a brave boy, and then turn around and go back home. It’s all about keeping him in his comfort zone.. it’s all about remaining within his threshold and never forcing him to feed uncomfortable.

This is very common for puppies. The world is scary! It’s brand new to them, and it’s up to you to make their interactions and discoveries positive, happy, calm, and to never force them into anything.

Q. Is it ok to feed my snake twice a week as a baby
ANSWER : A. Check out Reddit! There are subreddits with tons of people who know all about snakes.

Check out the side-bar where they have links to pages all about care for specific snake breeds.

If your snake is a Ball Python, you can also try http://www.reddit.com/r/ballpythons

Post your question there, and snake owners will be happy to help!

Q. Our kittens are supposedly 9 weeks old but seem to shy away from solid food but eat a little solid food but have watery stools is this normal or what
ANSWER : A. Withhold food for 12 hours. Allow small amounts of water or unflavored PediaLyte. Resume feeding a bland diet (1:1 ratio of plain boiled boneless chicken and plain white rice). Feed in small, frequent amounts waiting at least one hour between feedings. Served warm or mix in a teaspoon of baby food to stimulate the appetite. Continue feeding until the stool is normal. Transition slowly to a quality canned kitten diet. If the soft stool persists, see your veterinarian. Submit a stool sample to rule out intestinal parasites or bacterial overgrowth.

Q. I have a young Western Hognose Snake and he hasnt eaten since I bought him, for about 5 weeks. What could help or should I try force feeding?
ANSWER : A. Force feeding can be very traumatic and can injure a snake if not done properly. Snakes can go off food when they are stressed. I would suggest checking the temperatures within the cage to make sure he is not too cold. Also try offering a variety of feeders including pinkies and pinkie rats. Try frozen as well as live feeders.

Q. How much should I feed my cat?
ANSWER : A. How much a cat should eat depends on many variables including his activity level, metabolic rate and the food you are offering. Use the feeding guide on the cat food label as a starting point. These instructions usually read something like, “for cats weighing 5 lbs, feed between 1/2 and 3/4 cup per day; for cat’s weighing 10 lbs, feed between 3/4 and 1 cup per day; and for cats weighing 15 lbs, feed between 1 cup and 1 1/2 cups per day”.

Use your cat’s body condition to fine tune the amount you offer. For example, if he is overweight offer an amount on the low end of the recommended range and reevaluate in a few weeks to a month. Your veterinarian can also help you determine how much of a particular food you should be offering.

Q. I got two puppies for Christmas a male and female for my kids the male all of a sudden is barely eating drinking and not very active??
ANSWER : A. If the age posted is correct, 6 weeks is too young to remove a pup from the mother. Eight weeks is better, 12 weeks is optimal for the health and socialization of the puppy. NutriCal is a calorie dense paste that can be used for quick energy or to supplement feeding. Most pet stores carry it. If you can’t find it, Karo syrup or even maple syrup will work. Rub a small amount on the gums to give a boost to your pup. Once he is more active, offer a quality canned puppy food. Mix in warm water to make it easy for him to eat. If he is alert, try bottle feeding. Esbilac is a puppy milk replacer also sold in pet stores. If he is not alert, do not attempt to bottle feed and seek veterinary attention immediately.

Q. How much dry kitten food should my 16 week old kitten be eating?
ANSWER : A. It would actually be better to feed your kitten canned food, as dry food has a lot of carbohydrates. Cats are obligatory carnivores, and not carb-eaters. In order to give you an amount to feed for dry food I would need to know which food you are feeding as they are all different. I suggest you check on the cat food bag. If the bag does not give you an amount, I would not trust it to be a complete food. You should then get a food from a reputable company such as Hill’s Science diet, or similar. As for wet food feed three times daily around 2oz each time, best to feed the pate style food.

Q. My dog is a golden retriever breed. 1 year 5 months. He vomits his dog food out (happy dog brand). And he is having diaherra with occasional blood in
ANSWER : A. Get the GI upset under control first. Withhold food for 12-24 hours. Allow small amounts of water or unflavored PediaLyte. Resume feeding a bland diet (1:1 ratio of plain boiled boneless chicken and plain white rice). Feed in small, frequent amounts waiting at least one hour between feedings. If the vomiting stops, continue feeding until the stool is normal. Transition slowly to the regular diet. If the vomiting or diarrhea don’t stop, see your veterinarian. Discuss food allergies and food elimination trials. Submit a stool sample to rule out intestinal parasites. Elevate the bowls. If he eats fast, feed small frequent meals throughout the day or buy a special bowl to slow down his eating. Follow the link for an example of a “slow feed” bowl.


You can also add large stones or balls in his bowl so he has to slow down and eat around them.