I have had Burms (20+ yrs) and a few Boa’s (10+yrs) over the years but relatively new to BP’s.
My main Ball Python (just a pet / no breeding) has been a picky eater from the get go.
I had her in a custom made 30X20X14 melamine enclosure for about 2 yrs. She has grown to just over 4’ and around1400 grams. She is a bit thin but by no means unhealthy.
Recently I purchased a 36X24X16 PVC enclosure. Cluttered it up with naturalistic hides (slightly larger than her old ones, half logs, foliage, etc . and she went on her longest fast ever! Just over 3 months. I was trying everything from mice to rolling rats in gerbil shavings.
Side note: undertank hot spot between 88-90, ambient 81-82 controlled with radiant , cool side 78-81
I finally decided to pet her back into her old enclosure with cheap plastic hides (like Chinese restaurant take out containers upside down with an opening.
Two days later she is crushing food again! I don’t know if her fast was just over or if it was the smaller tank.
I am thinking these are my options:
- keep her in the simple smaller tank
- try putting the smaller lame looking hides in the bigger enclosure
- just tear out what’s left of my hair
Any thoughts or suggestions?
I am adding some pics, top tank is the new one she apparently hates and the bottom is the smaller one I just put her back into. Pic was before