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    You said it's in a tank? Many ball python owners that have them in a tank will help keep humidity by partially covering the screen top. I use Cypress for my bp's since it doesn't mold, and have them in a cb-70 rack for the big'uns or a 6 quart tub for the wee ones.

    I would suggest cypress, covering the top of the enclosure, and possibly a nice big Tupperware with spagnum in it for a humid hide. Maybe some pictures would help?

    If there is shed stuck right now, for a bigger snake, a Tupperware container big enough for it, with a towel (bath towel) with warm (not hot) water for an hour or so is usually sufficient to get it all off.

    PICTURES!! Please.

    I will also vote for F/T or fresh killed. The risks outway the benefits for those of us with small collections, as long as the snake in question is willing to eat F/T.

    The nice part is, while increased handling can help make a snake more docile, almost all ball pythons have that same temperament. They are such easy-going kiddos!
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    I wish the snake ate F/T or fresh killed, but he eats live, I'm guessing he's been eating live for his whole life (he's pretty old) according to the friend I got him from.... Do you think I should buy some small/medium rats for next week to try and convert him to f/t?

    So moss is good for snakes? I mean, they won't accidentally ingest it or anything?
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    Given that snakes only ingest much of anything 1-4 times a month, there is little risk. I would offer him a nice, thawed in water hot from your tap, rat on tongs, and see what happens. Mine always seem to prefer to be able to ambush their prey from within their hide, and if they miss, I have to let them "reset". It's worth a try though, less nervewracking feeding is always better!!

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    Since he hasn't eaten in a couple months, it would be a good time to try a fresh killed, dangling it from some kind of tong. Even though he's old and always had live, he's hungry and won't be so choosy. Balls kept in tanks loose needed humidity through the screen tops, so you might want to look at some floor tiles to set atop his tank, that suit your taste. Aspen bedding is fine, preferably the shaved pieces not the splintery looking stuff. And a big water dish. We only ever used damp moss in lay boxes, but have soaked a snake if there was any problems shedding. A pillowcase with a wet towel inside works too. Since ours are kept in tubs the humidity stays good for shedding.
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    What kind of moss do you use? Also, would the Zoo Med Aspen bedding be okay?

    BTW I think I should mention, if you all don't remember, that yesterday was the first day bringing him here in my home, and I offered a live rat to him twice and he refused, but I think it was just too early to begin trying to feed.
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    We don't use moss in the hides, and I'm not familiar with ZooMed brand aspen. We get a huge compressed bag at the feed store for rodent feeders going in the garage.
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    Going to go buy a UTH, some aspen, and some frozen feeders. I'll feel better knowing that, even though its not the snakes preferred food, theres food in the house.
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    I've just been noticing a slight wheezing noise when the snake breathes... I think it may have a respiratory infection. But not severe, though, not yet, there's no drooling or mucus. Probably was because of the decreased heat it went through in the care of my friend. New UTH is plugged in, tank cleaned out, aspen put in, and temps are around 90 degrees F right now. I'm a little concerned, I know RIs can be fatal, but for all I know, it could just be a piece of shed skin stuck in her snout.

    I heard to heal respiratory infections you need to increase the temps and decrease the humidity, am I right?
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    UPDATE - I do apologize for never telling any of you guys what happened to this snake.

    Well, the summer passed (quite a long time ago), and the snake went back with its other owner. I tried f/t and live rats (what it usually eats) and it would not take any. I offered food roughly every week. It was active, moved around, drank water, but would not eat. The wheezing noise I mentioned eventually went away after I increased the temps, still don't know if it was a sign of an early respiratory condition. The owner was uncertain of the gender, and so was I. So summer ended and he took the snake back. I told him to please keep the UTH and the hide box in there (two of the things I had spent my money on for the snake while it was with me) from now on, and he did.

    Needless to say, I felt like I failed. It was my job to provide proper care for this snake and I couldn't get it to eat. I didn't know if something was wrong with it, or if he/she (I switched the pronouns around constantly) was just fasting. I was confused and upset at myself.

    So, another month passed, maybe two, and then I got a call from the snake's owner. He had told me that a couple days ago the snake had laid 6 eggs (all infertile), and she took her first meal in a while, two rats, that night! She was now, he said, very skinny, and he was doing his best to get her back to a good weight. I was elated to say the least. Keep in mind that that was the first snake I had ever dealt with and I never even once considered the fact that she could be gravid.

    So for future sake, was there anything I should have done to have seen this ahead of time? Or was there something I had done wrong? And is it typical for gravid females to go off feed when they have eggs inside them? Please don't flame me, I don't know nearly as much about snakes as I do geckos.
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