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Kelfezond
The bearded one

United Kingdom
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Posted - 15/07/2012 :  13:10:24  Show Profile  Visit Kelfezond's Homepage  Click to see Kelfezond's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
When I live-fed it was done in a RUB, viv's tend to be more difficult to get into so I'd only advise it in a Viv if you have full and quick access

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Snecklifter
Yearling

United Kingdom
144 Posts

Posted - 25/03/2013 :  15:42:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So, is it usual for a fasting Royal to simply begin feeding again at some point?

I can imagine that it would be a very unusual behaviour for an apparently healthy snake to refuse food to the point of self harm or even death.

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Kelfezond
The bearded one

United Kingdom
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Posted - 25/03/2013 :  16:05:42  Show Profile  Visit Kelfezond's Homepage  Click to see Kelfezond's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Yep they normally start again from their own free will, you only really need to intervene if you're either inpatient or the snake is losing weight increasingly.

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Snecklifter
Yearling

United Kingdom
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Posted - 25/03/2013 :  16:10:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kelfezond

Yep they normally start again from their own free will, you only really need to intervene if you're either inpatient or the snake is losing weight increasingly.



I'm at the 'Frustrated' but 'Not desperately worried' stage. He last ate on October 28th last year and prior to that had gone 6 weeks without a feed. We try him every couple of weeks and actually is showing a bit more interest now, although still no eating. Visually, he looks fine physically, although he lost weight for sure, he's noticeably lighter in the hand than he was. But, having said that, he's still pretty active and is showing no obvious signs of illness.

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Kelfezond
The bearded one

United Kingdom
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Posted - 25/03/2013 :  16:18:46  Show Profile  Visit Kelfezond's Homepage  Click to see Kelfezond's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
How much exact weight loss was it and what was his starting weight when he first stopped feeding?

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Snecklifter
Yearling

United Kingdom
144 Posts

Posted - 26/03/2013 :  09:09:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kelfezond

How much exact weight loss was it and what was his starting weight when he first stopped feeding?



Havent weighed him for ages, but he was almost exactly a kilo before fasting. We weighed him again around Christmas time, so about 2 months after his last feed. He'd lost ~20 grams. Havent weighed him since because - well, he doesn't look like he's lost much more to be honest. At least, he doesn't look unhealthy if you know what I mean.

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Kelfezond
The bearded one

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Posted - 26/03/2013 :  10:34:15  Show Profile  Visit Kelfezond's Homepage  Click to see Kelfezond's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
20g isn't a big deal :)

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Snecklifter
Yearling

United Kingdom
144 Posts

Posted - 26/03/2013 :  11:20:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kelfezond

20g isn't a big deal :)



Yes indeed. But he's almost certainly lost more since. I think i'm happy enough as I said, because although he MUST have lost weight, he looks healthy enough.

As you say, he'll probably start feeding again at some point - after all, 4 months is nothing for a Royal.

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andybeta
Snake Mite

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/04/2013 :  14:42:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great post. You've set my slightly worrying mind at rest. (Ripley's not fed since January 16th, but only lost 40g / 5% of body weight over that time.)
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Kelfezond
The bearded one

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/04/2013 :  15:29:07  Show Profile  Visit Kelfezond's Homepage  Click to see Kelfezond's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by andybeta

Great post. You've set my slightly worrying mind at rest. (Ripley's not fed since January 16th, but only lost 40g / 5% of body weight over that time.)



Shouldn't be too long before he starts again :)

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JanieW
Old Royal - I Post too much!

United Kingdom
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Posted - 07/04/2013 :  09:09:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Slinky has eaten two small weaner rats since end of October..lost almost 100g. She shows interest, even struck but missed 2 weeks ago but hasn't actually eaten. Not desperately worried yet but getting there lol



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DaveG
Snake Mite

United Kingdom
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Posted - 24/04/2013 :  16:24:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
a great guide for newbies, hope i never get to the asisst stage with mine as i don't think i could do it

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