I use and recommend the steaming method when feeding Ball Python’s particularly if you have a fussy feeder! Here is what you will need:
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The Steaming method
Allow the frozen rodent to defrost at room temperature. Once the rodent has completely thawed I then use an electric kettle which is located
close to where my snakes are kept. The kettle needs to be in the same room as where your snake is housed and as close as possible to the tank/tub/rub. Begin to boil the kettle and as the kettle begins to heat the water and steam is present, using feeding tongs, hold the rodent’s skin around the middle of its back and place the head of the rodent into the spout of the kettle.
Hold it in the direct steam for approx. 10 seconds, allowing the steam to heat the rodents’ head. Offer the rodent as quickly as possible to the snake, placing it in front of the snake quietly and steadily so that it can smell the rodent and sense the heat. For less confident snakes try holding the rodent around the middle of its back as holding the rodent by the base of the tail can intimidate the snake and put them off feeding. For keener feeders it may be better to hold the rodent at the base of the tail to avoid the risk of the snake grabbing the feeding tongs when they strike for the rodent.
If the snake does not grab the rodent but its tongue is flicking and the snake is looking interested if it is possible to leave your tub/tank/rub open slightly without the risk of escape, repeat with the kettle steaming again and as soon as you’re-offer the rodent and the snake senses it’s heat they will then usually grab. Try this up to three times.
If the snake has still not taken the rodent after three attempts using the steaming method, try leaving the rodent in the tub/rub/tank overnight, just in case that they eat once left alone. Check them in the morning to see if they have eaten, if not then dispose of the rodent and try again in
seven days’ time.
Problem Feeders – tips to try:
If you are experiencing difficulties in getting your ball python to eat here are some things to consider;