Boas can go "off feed" for several reasons. The first issue to consider is a health problem. Record keeping (a significant change from prior feeding patterns) and taking note of the appearance of the snake and the fecal material can help you decide if this is the case.
Feeding Rosy Boas can present problems for those less experienced with the species. The reason is that their digestive system is a bit more delicate than other snakes and their jaw anatomy does not allow them to swallow large prey. Therefore, it is important to feed these snakes smaller rodents than for other species. A rule of thumb is to feed the snake meals that will not leave a large bulge in their stomach area.
A common problem with Rosy Boas is regurgitation even if the boa is otherwise healthy. Common causes are overheating, underheating, improper temperature gradients, high relative humidity, water intake prior to or just after feeding, stress related to handling after feeding, and housing too many boas in one cage. These boas also regurgitate as a symptom of illness including infection by bacteria, viruses, and parasites or metabolic disturbances, tumors, and neurological disorders.
Kingsnakes are known for being hardy eaters and usually do not seem to experience much in the way of feeding problems. They will, however, occasionally go "off feed" like other species. This can happen due an impending winter season or mating season. Snakes just seem to "know" when there are more important jobs to do than eating. When this happens the best thing to do is have patience and occasionally re-offer food after several days rest.
Boa Constrictor Store - Frequently Asked Questions
The boa ingests the meal whole, usually staring at the head. The boas use their tongue, which is not poisonous or harmful in any way, to locate the part of the meal to be ingested first. The tongue also functions to help the boa detect potential preys' scent and to know the temperature of its surroundings. The boa's jaws are loosely attached to the rest of the skull. This allows the mouth to be stretched, somewhat like a sock, over the head of its prey.
Mountain Kingsnakes can present a challenge when trying to get newborn snakes to eat pinkie mice. As mentioned elsewhere, mice are not a normal part of their diet in nature and some hatchlings will refuse to eat pinkie mice. However, with a little time, patience, and good technique they can successfully be converted to a rodent diet. Sometimes all that is needed is to wash the mouse scent off of a thawed pinkie. If this does not work, the next step is to try "scenting" the mouse with a lizard.
Amphibiancare.com >> Frequently Asked Questions
Stress, parasites, disease, incorrect temperatures or humidity levels, and being housed with dominant cage mates are just a few reasons why an amphibian or reptile will refuse food. If it is a new herp that you have had for less than a few days do not be concerned. It often takes reptiles and amphibians a while to adjust to their new environment before they start to eat. Do not handle the new animal during this period, and avoid other stressful activities such changing the new cage setup around.
Frequently Asked Questions - FOOD INGREDIENTS -- The Vegetar...
Because some sugar companies process sugar through a bone char. The bone char decolorizes the sugar. For more information read "Sugar and Other Sweeteners: Do they Contain Animal Products?" by Caroline Pyevich. It is online at: www.journal/vj97mar/973sugar.htm Cheese is often made with rennet or rennin, which is used to coagulate the dairy product.
Wellness Pet Foods
Although most dogs get very excited over our flavor, there are some that may tend to be more cautious. We suggest adding a little warm water to the kibble. This helps to release the aroma of the food. Definitely add warm water to soften and release the aroma. When puppies are teething they may be shying away from their food. A puppy's tastes preference is sometimes determined by the diet fed to the mother. For example, if the mother was fed a lamb diet..
Discus Land: FAQ, Discus, Discus tanks, Discus Breeding, Dis...
First, don't panic. Discus can go awhile without eating. I wouldn't recommend it but a healthy fish can go a few days without eating and not die. You may have to "coax" them to eat with some live food or blood- worms. Of course there are parasite risks with live food and bloodworms but better to have to treat for a case of parasites then end up with a starved fish. You should also think that if the fish is not eating, something may be wrong with it.
Ball Pythons can be difficult to get started feeding, but usually babies are the easiest. You may want to check your snake thoroughly to make sure there's nothing going on that is causing him to not eat or not be hungry. But there really doesn't necessarily have to be anything wrong. That's just how these guys are sometimes! There are a few things you can try.
The answer here is a cautious "yes." We have successfully housed more than one boa together and have even had productive breeding occur. Rosy Boas are not cannibalistic by nature. They are thought to be "loners" in nature for the most part, although some think they may congregate in small numbers to brumate. We have found on occasion that a boa becomes stressed when too crowded, begins to feed poorly or regurgitate, then does much better when housed alone.
Math 13 - TI-86 FAQ
Make sure that you entered your function using a lower case x for the variable (use the x-VAR button, or get "x" off the menu), and check that your function is turned on. "SELCT" (F5 on the y(x) menu) selects or deselects functions, i.e., turns them on or off. A function is on if there is a dark box around the equal sign, otherwise it is off.
We have never had a patient who reported feeling hungry after surgery. On the contrary, most of our patients say they have never before felt "full" Energy levels almost always increase following gastric bypass surgery.
Ferret FAQ - All Parts
If your ferret gets sick, chances are your vet will tell you to feed him softened food for a time while he recovers. Even so, sometimes an upset or recovering ferret will simply refuse to eat on his own. If that happens, a good thing to try is Gerber's Second Meals chicken baby food. It's full of nutrients and water (though it's not a good full-time food) and most ferrets love it. Put a little on your finger and let your ferret lick it; if he won't try it, carefully smear a little on his nose.
gayVegan - Frequently Asked Questions
I don't eat animal products. No meat. No milk. No eggs. No honey. And nothing made with any of that. No butter, ice cream, milk or yogurt. But there are animal-free replacements for most of that. Then there are of course things I don't like to eat, but I'll try most things. I'm not a big fan of oriental food.
Some Common Questions
Some frogs will only eat moving food. Some may be eating but you just don't see them do it...(I have often seen my Firebellies sit around with crickets hopping all over their tank and seem not to eat...yet somehow the cricket population in my frogtank is gone within the next few days...(and I'm positive that the crickets haven't found an escape route!) More often than not, however, lack of appetite is a side effect of other illness.
The Whole Child - For Parents - FAQ's
For children, as for adults, appetite can vary. If your child won't eat at a particular meal, consider the possibility that she simply isn't hungry and allow her to skip the meal without a struggle. Treat your child's refusal to eat in a casual manner, but do not offer special snacks or treats either during the skipped meal or soon thereafter. Some children are more enthusiastic about mealtime than others.
Alligator Alley--Frequently Asked Questions
First, check the temperature. Iguanas must have a body (cage) temperature of 88 degrees F to function optimally. Second, look for swelling in the back legs or bottom jaw. These indicate a low calcium level. (Often associated with an unsupplemented diet.) Third, look for sources of stress in the environment. A new dog, a recent move, or high noise levels can impact appetite.