My name is Michel i live in the Netherlands in a city called Alkmaar famous for its cheese market
Im new to this forum and to ball pythons. Im married 41 years old and father of 2 daughters 14 and 17.
Long time ago when i was a teenager the father of my best friend kept snakes corns and balls. I was fasinated like alot of you might have been at some point. Thought about getting a snakes for some time even years later but never happened.
Few months ago my oldest daughter out of the blue started asking for a snake. I thought it was a joke but she was dead serious. Strange because i never brougth it up. It started my enthousiasm again and i got into reading about snakes and watched alot of You Tube video’s especially about Ball Pythons. I kinda got a little bit obsessed haha
Long story short 2 weeks ago we took home our first snake. A normal wild morph python which is really tame and 2 years old. Dunno if its a male or female. After the purchase i discovered morph market had an European market also and some nice breeders from Holland. I probably gone buy a few more balls in the future from here.
That brings my too my first question and thats my snake had his last meal 2 weeks before i bought it. Its used to get live mouse outside his enclosure. Feeding live mouse, is oke for me atm but ones setteled in i want to try switching to frozen mice/rats.
I left the snake alone for 1 week and tryed feeding live mice outside his enclosure which he was used too. Now 2 weeks passed and he hasnt been eating or even seems interested. I tryed feeding him inside his enclosure but only thing he wants i too lay in his hiding. My temps are 25-27 degrees and 30-32 inside the hiding. Humidity is 50 - 60%. I use heatmat underneat the hiding and a ceramic heat lamp ontop during daytime for the ambiant temp.
I think hes getting abit thinner now and im starting too worry a little. First few days hes was really active exploring and now totally different animal. I know some balls can be hard eaters and can go without food for some months but maybe you guys have some tips ??
I tryed feeding late in the evening. Normal mice and jumbo mice even tryed thawed small rat. When he refused i left him alone some days and tryed again but he doenst seem interested at all. Hope i can have some help.