Just a quick background so folks know its not a armchair advice- I have raised Dumeril’s since 98’ and they are the first kind of boa I’ve owned and still do. Currently up to fourth generation refinement of my group, along with a hundred or so of their offspring- so I’ve delt with hard feeders the hard way with assist feeding. I can only think of one that ended in failure, was one of my dwarfs and at the time(14 years ago or perhaps more), I felt it was a dwarf problem since dwarf is an abnormality.
Recently, I’ve made a more focused attempt to produce dwarf since I have more popping up and I have the time/space. One in particular from the that season(21’) never got the drift on “this is how we survive”, so I was nearing wits end with it. I had/have more experience with lizard eating snakes(western hognose) more modernly so in thinking about Madagascar, small Dums must eat a few of them(lizards) when the opportunity arrives, right? Tossed a live green anole in with it and it disappeared the next day. I didn’t believe it and assumed it just escaped somehow so tried it again, gone by morning. Now it does eat rodents straight up after a few weeks of scenting with anole. Somewhat interested in trying scenting agents now for the next time it happens and will since I don’t often have disposable lizards.
Long story short, if your dumeril won’t eat and its not an environmental problem, try a lizard.
Would be interested in any thoughts or experiences with Dumerils with this approach. Thanks.
Matt Schubarth- The Biophiliac on kinsnakedotcom from the turn of the millennia, yeah a real nut.