Spotted acting strange.

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  1. Eriquar

    Eriquar Active Member

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    Hi guys just after some advise regarding my spotted.

    He is approx 12 months old.
    I fed him 21 Aug, he regurgutated it up some time that night, rat was whole and no sign of digestion, no blood etc

    Fed him again 1st September 2 hoppers, ate them no problems.

    Tried to feed again 11th September, and he refused.

    He has never regurg or refused a feed in the whole time Ive had him.

    He is staying in his hot end of tub, he usually comes out to see what Im doing in the room.

    He is over due for a shed, but I put that down to being winter.

    I did notice he hasnt left me any presents either.

    I think he regurgitated as rat was too big for him.

    The 2 I last fed him, were smaller then he usually has.

    Should I be concerned yet?
     
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    what are the temps? cool and hot end.
     
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    Hot end around 30-31
    Cool end around 25-27

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    Get the hot end up around 36°C.
     
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    Really! Wow its Never been that high.

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    Spotteds are a tropical species. It should be that high.
     
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    Oh, ok, Thank You so much x
    So is that Why he not eating?

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    Theres many reasons, its doubtful that it is a heating issue ..if it is 31+, How are you measuring your temperatures?

    Are you defrosting thoroughly and feeding a WARM (this can be done by putting the food in a bag,tied up/zippedup and placed in warm water for 20~minutes)
    Do you have any pictures of your set up?
     
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    I have been keeping pythons for over 10 years, I have him in a decent sized tub, he has definite hot and cool ends.
    I have always defrosted rodents then warmed as you suggest.

    He is the first Spotted python I have owned.

    I have an 11 year old Stimmi, which is thriving.

    Have had...
    Murray Darlings
    Jungles
    Womas
    Childrens
    Bredli
    Stimmies

    Have never had an issue with any of them.

    Got me stumped. Unless he has gone into shed mode and not sent me the email lol.

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    wait a couple weeks,up to a month, it wont harm him, he should def show signs of a shed by then
     
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    Ok, thank you so much for your advice, I appreciate it. Xx

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    My spotted has done that a couple of times, its always seemed to be because the prey was too large.
     
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    I would be feeding a 12 month old Antaresia on mice. Everyone seems to want to get their snakes onto rats asap, but a 12 month old snake should be getting a full complement of bone, fur and fully developed gut content from the food it eats. If you are feeding it rats, they must be quite small and undeveloped, and will lack the full range of nutrients and fibre that an adult mouse is made up of. Mice would probably be better food for any Antaresia throughout its life actually. I have never understood why keepers are encouraged to get their snakes onto rats asap when a full-grown mouse is very likely a far more rounded meal.

    I thaw all my rodents directly in hot water from the tap, no bags or other stuff, and feed wet. Never had a problem in over 40 years since I started doing that. If the water cools quickly because of the number of rodents in it, I just top up with more hot water and feed when they are at about body temp.

    Jamie
     
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    Agree with all of this.^^^
     
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    I have a 2YO spotted that I feed on adult mice,a yearling is too small for rats.
     
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    Update on Barney

    He has pooped and shed!!!

    Thanks for all your advice.

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