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FAQ

1. How should I thaw my Frozen Food??

Your Frozen Food should be stored in a freezer, preferably not near the door.  The packet should remain sealed in storage.

Grab a small plastic container and a larger container (eg small plastic takeaway container and  a  large plastic takeaway container). Half fill the larger container with hot water from the tap. Nest the smaller container into the larger one, so that it floats on the water. The smaller container should be dry and warm.

Remove the food you want to feed to your snake. Place it into the smaller container. Put a lid onto the container. Small food will thaw quickly, larger meals will take longer (you might have to refresh the water halfway through)

Check the food is fully thawed by rolling it between finger and thumb, making sure there’s no ‘icicle’ in the middle. The food should have a temperature similar to your own body…about 36-38C.

Hold the food by the rear hips/upper legs, offering the food headfirst to your python.

2. My snake won’t eat. Can you help?

Snakes usually won’t eat for 3 reasons; 

  • something is wrong with their environment
  • something is wrong with the animal’s health
  • something is wrong with the food being fed.

Environment: Grab a Factsheet on your snake, and make sure you have his environment set up correctly. Double-check temperatures to make sure they are correct, including checking in the very early hours of the morning (like 4 am). Do not move your pet out of its enclosure, but ensure you feed it in its home.

Health: Check your snake is free of any injuries, is not shedding, and is breathing normally. Check that your python is not being subjected to undue stress. If there is anything of concern, contact your vet immediately.

Food: Here’s where many people make mistakes. First of all…is your food DoLittle Farm Frozen Food? If Yes, keep reading on. If No, you’ll need to fix that problem first!

Check that your packet of frozen food hasn’t been thawed and re-frozen. Your snake will reject re-frozen. Make sure the packet has been stored sealed, as an unsealed packet can take up smells from anything you’ve placed in the freezer (like last night’s spicy leftovers).

Check that you are thawing Frozen Food as per the instructions above in Question 1.

When offering food to your python, use a pair of tongs. Make slow, steady movements, moving the food just away from the snake’s nose. If he’s reluctant to strike, bring the food around to touch the neck of the snake at the first significant bend in its body. This will usually initiate a strike

Once the snake has grabbed the food, pull on the feed (as if it’s trying to escape). The snake will throw a coil or two around the food. At this point, you can let go of the food, and leave the snake in peace to finish his meal.

DO NOT let your shadow pass over the snake while it is eating, otherwise, it will be likely to drop its food thinking there’s a predator nearby.

IF you are still having trouble, please Contact Us.

3. When should I change food sizes for my python? Can I feed an alternative?

As your python grows, it can eat bigger meals, with different nutrient levels. Below is a basic feed schedule for Antaresia and Morelia that you can generally follow. It assumes a feeding frequency of 5-7 days. If for some reason you cannot access a food type, an alternative for each food type can be found in the “ALT Food” column – just match the symbol.

eg. you have a baby Stimsons Python. He will eat;

10 feeds of Pinkie Mice, then will progress to

14 feeds of Fuzzie Mice, then 

21 feeds of Hopper Mice (which I can substitute with Small Quail), then

21 feeds of Weaner Mice (which I can substitute with Small Quail), and then

Rest of life with Adult Mice (which I can substitute with Fuzzie/Hopper/Small Rats or Small Quail)

FOOD

ALT FOOD

Antaresia

Morelia

Mice

Pinkie

10

5 to 10

Fuzzie

14

14

Hopper

^^

21

21

Weaner

^^

21

21

Adult

@

rest of life

21

Rats

Pinkie

^^

Fuzzie

@

5

Hopper

@

10

Small

@

9

Medium

#

12

Large

#

12

Xlarge

!!

12

X-Xlarge

!!     %

rest of life

Jumbo

!!     %

rest of life

Quail

Baby

^^

Small

@

Medium

#

Large

!!

Rabbit

Small

%

Medium

%

Large

%

4. My snake used to eat, but now it refuses to?Please revisit Question 2

Other things to try;

  • Purchase a new packet of food.
  • Check your snake has not run out of fresh, clean drinking water. A thirsty snake is not a hungry snake.
  • Sometimes we can overfeed our pets, and pythons are no different. This can sometimes result in them going off their food for a few weeks. If alternatives have been explored, trying NOT to offer food for up to a month.
  • Try an alternative food from the table in Question 3.

If the problem persists, Contact Us

It would be wise to get a vet to have a look at your python.