I must be one of the rare carpet owners with a wing nut snake that has a hard time eating frozen thawed food items. Jewel is almost as bad as the royal python my son owns when it comes to feeding. She never strikes, but will show an interest. I have to wiggle the rat in her mid section and then she will coil up and constrict eventually. Then its like she forgets that she is in feeding mode and takes a spin and then comes back. I've been watching her for an hour trying to find the head of this bloody rat and it is comical. She appears rather determined now finally and does have it, but what a wait. She normally eats 2 large rats every 2 months, Sometimes she will eat live because the royal still refuses. When I first got Jewel the only way she would eat was if I held her in one hand, and gently put the rat in front of her mouth with the other. She really is a sweetheart when I think about it. I'm not surprised though as I hear time and time again how "social" the Aussie pythons are. Its hard to pick a favorite here but Jewel is the Gem when "personality" (used loosely) comes into play.