Mr Burrows left more than shed skin in the PVC cage in my bedroom closet. So I did a full cleaning on Wednesday. The coconut husk substrate was pretty damp so I didn’t put the hide and other furnishing back.
But I couldn’t find him in my room in any of the usual hiding places and was getting worried. Thursday after work, still couldn’t find him but I put the hides and other ‘furnishings’ back in and figured I’d wait until Saturday to really search for him. A few hours later I went into bedroom, turned on the light and saw the back half of the snake crawling back into the newly-cleaned cage! So happy. I left him alone and thawed out a rat because I knew he had to be hungry.
When I pulled back the door and held the rat inside the cage it took less than 2 minutes for Mr Burrows to reach out and snatch his meal.
26 May 2015
Found this all scrunched up in warm hide of PVC cage and managed to unfold it in one piece.
Looks good but when I was finished, found Mr Burrows in the PVC cage at bottom of bedroom closest. It has a UTH with VE-300 thermostat so I gave the coconut husk a spritz, put fresh water in the bowl and left him there.
And: on Friday the local pet store said they’d have weaned rats Tuesday. Tuesday, I was told they won’t have any until Friday afternoon. So that will be 12 days between feedings.
Got home from weekend away at Zombie Survival Camp. Thawed out a 35g weaned rat and he was slow coming out of hide but gradually moved forward, struck and took it down.
Had Mr Burrows out for about an hour; some handling, a paper-towel bath, and some walking around with him wrapped around my neck.
Can’t believe how relieved I am that Burrows finally ate, it’s been a few weeks and he’s been lacking in energy and noticeably thin.