Comment from: juan [Visitor] Email
i got an albino ball python thats a finiky eater since he was born. but lately every week or two he regurgitates his rat pups back out. ive tried adjusting the tempbut it also seems not to work what else can i try?
11/28/07 @ 23:51
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Please post your questions in our ball python forum, thank you.
01/02/08 @ 08:37
Comment from: Zack [Visitor] Email
why is it that when i go to feed my ball she is stiking but not conecting kind of like a head but whats going on there?
01/14/08 @ 17:20
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Please post questions in our ball python forum, thank you.
01/15/08 @ 02:05
Comment from: Reba Maroldt [Visitor] Email
My brother owns a ball-python and he wonj't eat his food. He hasn't eaten in about almost a month and i am worried about it i don't know what to do. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03/10/08 @ 14:27
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Reba Maroldt : Please visit our ball python forum at for many threads that address this subject in greater detail.
03/10/08 @ 14:31
Comment from: danny [Visitor] Email
my royal wont eat it hasnt eat for about 3 weeks now.he also isnt being himself im kind of worried is it normal or should i try force feed him????
03/12/08 @ 14:00
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Danny: Ball pythons generally fast throughout the winter season so it's not uncommon for them to go off feed for a period of time. We had a female that fasted for upwards of 370 days with no ill effects. Since I don't know the origin or background of your animal, you may want to consult a vet to make sure it's indeed fasting on its own and not from the result of some form of sickness. I would also suggest reading a ball python care sheet (see the Articles & Reports section of our website) to learn more about them because fasting is explained in most, if not all care sheets.
03/22/08 @ 13:19
Comment from: Carrie Bell [Visitor] Email
We have this snake that my son got for Christmas and he is a ball python. Since we have had him we have had nothing but problems, he has had mouth rot and mites. We have taken care of the mouth rot and I have not seen any mites on him so I think that is taken care of also but he still stays in his water alot. My questions is he has not eaten since before we got him which was the 2nd week in december. We tried a white mouse that ended up being another pet and we are about to try a brown mouse. Any suggestions if he wont take this one.
05/31/08 @ 15:17
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Carrie Bell: The only thing I can suggest is that you take it back to the store where you bought it from or to a vet. Best of luck to you.
05/31/08 @ 18:22
Comment from: alec [Visitor] Email
one of my freinds ball python wont eat we dont make distractions and we also feed it at night. the snake also hasnt eaten in about 2 weeks and ate two mice in one serving. so is it possible the snake is still digesting?
06/06/08 @ 13:21
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Alec: Please check our ball python forum and/or post this question there, thanks.
06/20/08 @ 10:25
Comment from: johnathon bryant [Visitor] Email
i have a year old ball he hasnt eaten in about a month should i be worried this is the first time he has done this.
06/22/08 @ 22:04
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
johnathon: Please post this question in our ball python forum (see home page for link) because more information about your ball python is required and a simple blog response won't be of much help to you. Thanks.
06/22/08 @ 22:17
Comment from: Jamie [Visitor] Email ball python was lost for about a week..when i found him he refused to eat for 2 seems like he cant bend the lower half of himself corectly and as if there are pointy things in him..he is gettin skinny and i dont want him to die he is the nicest snake. i also opend his mouth and it looked like he might have been missing teeth...maybe thats possible.well if anyone knows what might be wrong i would appreciate any oppinions
09/28/08 @ 11:44
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Jamie: Take your animal to a vet ASAP! You can find a vet local to you by going to our homepage and clicking the "Find a Reptile Vet" link on right hand side. Best of luck to you and your ball python.
09/28/08 @ 12:53
Comment from: Vanessa [Visitor] Email
My ball python eats no problem, but whenever I go to handle him he opens his mouth as if he wants to eat me. I feed him in a separate tank, and before the first time I fed him he never opened his mouth at me. He doesn't hiss or bite but its still kinda creepy. Does anyone know if this is a problem?
11/19/08 @ 09:34
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Vanessa: Could it just be yawning? You should bring this question over to our ball python forum at
12/24/08 @ 16:30
Comment from: Timi [Visitor]
Hi, my ball python is about 5 years old, has a splendid track record of never refusing food (as long as its alive), and on top of that, he's not shy at all. My snake has not eaten in about 3 1/2 months now. We have his temperature and humidity in the tank set right, and he's shedding fine and doesn't look to be losing any of his size, but I'm worried about him because he has a very long track record of eating once a month. Do you have any ideas? Thanks. Oh, and I have tried feeding him in the dark, different kind of mice, quiet environment, everything. I am stumped.
01/24/09 @ 10:53
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Timi: Go to our ball python forum at and do a search on "fasting" and "not feeding". There are many good threads that discuss this topic in great detail.
01/24/09 @ 11:02
i have a female royal phyton she about 2 yrs old we tried to change her from mice to rats she has eaten a rat once about 4 weeks ago after rubbing the mice scent all over the rat since then we tried to feed her again same method but wont take it this time what if we change her and feed her to chicken or gerbils frozen ones?once defrosted?as mices are very expensive as now she needs to be fed bigger size of food.could i still maybe use t - rex mouse maker on the rat?
any suggestions?
01/28/09 @ 18:57
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Jeanette: You can try the T-Rex product to see if it gives you the results you're looking for. We've never used it so I can't offer you any first hand information about it. Ball pythons do fast, especially adults during this time of the year so she may have stopped feeding as a result of fasting. Keep an eye on her weight and if she starts to lose too much weight schedule a visit with your vet as a precautionary measure. I don't have any background info about your animal so I can't say for certain whether she's not responding because she's entering her winter fast cycle or if it's something else (parasites, disease, sickness, etc). She could also be entering a shed cycle, which is why she's refusing a meal right now. You can try to offer her a meal weekly or bi-weekly to see if she'll come around and begin feeding. If she starts to lose considerable weight I'd take her to the vet along with a stool sample so they can look her over and do a fecal exam to rule out parasites. Best of luck to you.
01/28/09 @ 19:12
Comment from: John [Visitor] many times does the author have to tell people to visit the feedback forum for Q&A before the questions stop!?
02/14/09 @ 21:06
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]
I got a ball python from a friend. He had it for a few months and it was eating just fine. Around late November, early December he gave it to me, and said it hadent eaten in a few weeks. I have been trying to feed it for 3 months now.

My friend would put the python in a "feeding box" I do the same thing, but instead of eating the mouse (which he had no problem with in the past), he just tries to escape. the mouse will walk right up to him and he just cowers away.
03/01/09 @ 08:59
Comment from: Joe [Visitor] Email
I have a question about my ball python. Should I ask it here, or should I take it to the ball python forum at ?
07/15/09 @ 02:26
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Joe: In our forum please, thanks.
07/15/09 @ 02:45
Comment from: ERIK [Visitor]
08/31/09 @ 15:32
Comment from: jared [Visitor]
i just bought a ball python from petsmart an i would like to no how do i get him to eat my corn snake eats a fuzzie no problem and he is smaller than the ball python so what is the problem
06/12/10 @ 17:53
Comment from: tyler [Visitor]
my ball wont eat for me the pet store said that she always ate for them but she wont feed for me wat do i do
07/31/10 @ 01:22
Comment from: ball python care [Visitor] ·
In response to Tyler:

Never purchase a pet snake from any outlet if they will not eat in front of you. If they do not eat now, they will have trouble in the future... it also is a sign of sickness
11/21/10 @ 01:38
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor] Email ·
My ball python isn't eating, obviously. He's almost done shedding and it's winter, so I'm not sure if I should be concerned. He hasn't eaten in six weeks. He's used to eating live mice, but since I've taken him a few weeks ago, I've only had access to frozen mice. I'm not sure if he's just not hungry or if he refuses to eat the frozen mouse. I did the proper steps to warm it up, etc. but am not sure that's enough. Is it possible he'll starve himself to death before he eats the mouse?
01/31/11 @ 17:09

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