Recently (past few months) a six year old presumed male normal had a massive uptick in appetite. He’s constantly searching, constantly hungry and will strike at anything remotely warm and rat-sized (including hands)
He will display hunting behaviors almost immediately after a feeding too. He lives in a modified tub enclosure, 79 degrees ambient with a 90 degree hot spot. Eats an adult thawed rat every ten to fourteen days.
Is this a common theme in ball pythons? Up until a few months ago he was the safest snake to handle out of all of my pythons. Now he’s a holy terror because he’ll try to eat you if you so much as reach in to clean his water dish. He was hook trained but it isn’t convincing him now.
Any tips on how to re-train him? I’ve started using a spray bottle as a cue that he’s not getting fed but wondered if anyone else had more experience.