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Why is my ball python refusing to eat his mice?

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My ball python refuses to eat, even when the mouse is fresh and alive....why is he starving himself to death?
asked Apr 21, 2013 in Snakes by (1,570 points)
recategorized Apr 22, 2013 by mamairis

1 Answer

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This is not an unusual occurrence. Some ball pythons stop eating during the winter months. It is called "winter anorexia" . If your snake shows any signs of respiratory distress such as breathing open-mouthed, he should be seen by a veterinarian specializing in snakes. Springtime should see a return of appetite and feeding. If your python does not begin to eat again, he should be seen by the vet to determine the problem. You may not want to feed live animals while he's in this condition as he can be vulnerable to their bites.
answered Apr 30, 2013 by (36,420 points)