I have a 9 month old western Hognose, and when I first got him (roughly 2 months ago), he took pinkies from tongs with no problem. After the third feeding, though, when I try to feed him he hisses and bluff strikes at the tongs themselves. It’s definitely different than a feeding strike; he even moves away from the tongs if I move the food closer to him, and it really seems like he’s afraid of the tongs themselves.
I’d read that some Hognoses will only eat amphibians, so I got him frog Reptlinks, but he won’t eat those either, and keeps attacking the tongs. I’ve tried leaving the pinkies and reptilinks in his tank and left him alone, but he won’t even go near the food. I thought I might be over handling him, so left him alone for a week before trying to feed him, and he still attacked the tongs.
I’m out of ideas - has anyone experienced this or have any ideas?