Why do you only feed a snake once a week?

That being said, snakes only eat 1–2x/week (or less) because every time they eat, the meal is very large relative to their size. The nutrition gained from such meals can sustain them for the week or so until their next meal.

How long can a ball python go off feed?

Ball pythons can go without eating for around six to eight months, although in extreme cases, they’ve been known to last for over a year without any food. In the wild, ball pythons are often forced to go without eating for long periods due to food scarcity.

Do baby ball pythons eat once a week?

You don’t need to feed a ball python every day. Generally, smaller or younger ball pythons need to eat twice each week, while larger ones usually eat once every week or two.

How often should I Feed my ball python?

It’s best to handle your ball python somewhere around 1-3 times weekly. Always remember, however, you need to wait to handle it at least 48-72 hours after it eats to allow for proper digestion and reduce the risk of regurgitation. So essentially, the number of times for safely handling it each week depends on how many times you feed it.

Why does my ball python not want to eat?

Yes: Your ball python may be in heat, and so may have lost its appetite due to a desire to breed. No need to breed your pet if you don’t want to, it will likely start eating again once breeding season has passed. No: This does not explain why your ball python is not eating.

How often does a juvenile ball python shed?

Juvenile ball pythons (under 1-year-old) shed regularly. If you’re wondering: “why is my ball python shedding so much?” it’s due to its age. Up until your ball python is a year old, it’ll shed once every 3-4 weeks. Once your snake reaches around 700 to 1000 grams in weight, its growth will slow down a lot.

Why are ball pythons more finicky than other snakes?

There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that ball pythons (when compared to other pet snakes like corns and kings) can be a bit more finicky when it comes to eating. The second reason is that there’s a lot of conflicting information on the internet regarding this subject.

What’s the best time of day to feed a ball python?

In many cases, the best time of day to feed a ball python is after sunset. These snakes are nocturnal and crepuscular in the wild, so they tend to have a better feeding response at night. But every snake-keeping scenario is different. So might have to do some trial and error.

How much should you feed a ball python?

Baby ball pythons should be offered pinky or fuzzy feeders every four to five days. Ball pythons over 200 grams should normally only need to be offered feeder(s) once a week and then every two weeks as an adult. Pay attention to your ball python, feed more often if they seem to be hungry.

How often should I feed a ball python?

Feed adult ball pythons every 1 to 2 weeks and younger ball pythons weekly as they need this energy to grow. Do not be alarmed if a well-started ball python goes off feed during the cooler, drier times of the year, as this is common in captivity. Snakes generally do not eat while they are in the shed cycle.

How many times a day do you feed a ball python?

As a general rule, you can feed your pet snake every 7 – 10 days. Babies and juveniles can be fed more often, because they have a faster rate of growth. Adult ball pythons (three years and up) can be fed less frequently. Like most members of the Pythonidae family, ball pythons have a fairly slow metabolism.