This is going to be a bit long-winded. TL;DR: I have a baby corn snake who has lost about 30% of his body weight over the last three months and can’t seem to thrive or eat well.
I brought him home on 2/9, bought at an expo. He was 13g. He was a FANTASTIC eater the first couple of weeks. Then he escaped for about three weeks. I found him, got him settled back in, and he took his first meal after that great. The two feedings after this, though, he refused. Then he took the third one and regurgitated it moments later. So I started from scratch. He was 11g. I gave him 10 days to recover from regurge, fed one pinky head, waited 6 days, another pinky head. He kept these down but wouldn’t eat them from tongs (I had to place him in a small container and doing that he ate them). I moved up to a tiny pinky for the next feeding, which he took fine and kept down - but he was only 10g at this point. Then this past week, he ate his pinky after leaving him in the deli cup with it, but regurgitated it after about 20 minutes. At this point I have no idea what else to do. He’s only 9g now, is visibly thin and is just failing to thrive. I’m desperate to get him back eating healthily but I don’t know how else to get there, and this was his 2nd regurge.
He’s on aspen bedding with three hides, some face plants, a climbing branch, and a nice big water dish (for his size, at least). His warm hide generally reads between 82-84F, his cool side reads between 75-77. I’ve been taking these numbers once a day since his first regurge and everything has remained constant. At this point I’m just looking for anything I can do to help him get back on a regular feeding schedule so he can put back on some weight, and anything I can do to keep him from regurgitating again.
Any and all suggestions welcome. Thank y’all so much.