I have a new bullsnake have had him around 3 weeks, he last shed about 5 weeks ago I was told, he eats every 8 days but

Expert's Assistant chatimg
Customer: I have a new bullsnake have had him around 3 weeks, he last shed about 5 weeks ago I was told, he eats every 8 days but this week refused his Rat and for 2 days has seemed to stay curled up alternating bwtween the cool and warm end of the viv and is very quiet, he is usually very active! His skin looks ok and his eyes still look clear, do snakes quieten down like this when a shed is coming up os should I be looking for something else?
Answered by Anna in 7 mins 11 years ago
30+ years of experience

17,034 satisfied customers

Specialities include: Reptile Veterinary, Herp Veterinary, Exotic Animal Medicine, Amphibian Veterinary


Some additional information will help me to answer your question.

Has your snake passed any droppings since he last ate?

What temperatures do you maintain on the warm and cool sides?

Does he have a shallow water bowl that he can crawl into?

Thank you.

yes he pooed 2 days after the last feed, warm end was around 88-90 and cool around 70-75 he has water in a large bowl and up until a few days ago was regulally swimming around in it
Thank you for getting back to me. I'm working on your answer, and will post it as soon as it is typed up. I appreciate your patience.

Please don't reply to this post as that can lock me out so I won't be able to post your answer.

I'll be back shortly.

Thank you for waiting. Your conditions are all good, so that isn't likely the cause of the problem. You might try to get the very warmest spot in the cage up to about 95*F. Sometimes being just a bit warmer can increase appetite and activity level.

It is normal for a snake to stop eating and become less active before a shed. However, the skin should soon turn translucent and the eyes cloudy. Other signs of an approaching shed include rubbing on objects in the viv and spending more time in the water bowl. It is possible that the snake is getting ready to shed. However, it is also normal for bullsnakes to go through a less active phase in the winter, even when they're in a warm home. A snake can go for several months without eating, so you don't have to worry yet. Keep a close eye on him. If you notice him breathing with his mouth open, making a noise when he breathes, slobber coming from his mouth, discharge from the eyes or nose, swelling anywhere on the body, blistered-looking skin, or total inactivity, it would be best to consult a reptile vet. Otherwise, skip a couple of feedings before you try again. If he still won't eat, again, it might be best to see a vet. If you go to this site and scroll down to UK, you'll find a directory of reptile vets:


If you have more questions, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope it will turn out that your snake is just going through a short inactive period.


(If you find my answer helpful, please click on the green ACCEPT button. Thank you.)
Read less
17,034 satisfied customers
30+ years of experience
+ years of experience

17034 satisfied customers



Licensed veterinarians

31,131 satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Pearl Wilson, Veterinarian's Assistant
116 Veterinarians are online right now.
Related Veterinary Questions
I have a 5-month old ball python that I've had for 3 months.
Dr. Jill
919 Satisfied Customers
I've had it a couple years lately it's been acting
Rebecca Coles
Pet Specialist
180 Satisfied Customers
My ball python has been very active during the day in his
Veterinary Nurse
4,085 Satisfied Customers
I found a baby snake in my garage, I am in Colorado. How can
Veterinary Nurse
4,085 Satisfied Customers
Im hoping you may be able to help with my corn snake. He is
Veterinary Technician
9,649 Satisfied Customers
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
Sarahesq and 87 other Veterinarian specialists are ready to help you.
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.
Why you’ll love JustAnswer
JustAnswer is the best way to get expertise on-demand from doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics and more. Since 2003, we’ve helped more than 9 million people in 196 countries and have an A+ rating with BBB and a 9.6/10 rating with TrustPilot.
Highly rated, verified Experts
We pride ourselves in our 8-step verification process including license and credential checks. Vetted by us and rated by customers, like you.
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal ...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
JustAnswer, Professional Services  General, San Francisco, CA
Google reviews
TrustPilot Reviews