Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in reptiles. I would like to help with your question today. Ball pythons are well known for going months without eating. If your temperatures are correct, there's not much you can do about this behavior. It's not likely that he will starve. There are two concerns. One is dehydration. You can prevent that by giving him a long soak in shallow water two or three times a week. Keep him in the water for about twenty minutes each time. The other concern is that he may actually be sick. But since your Python has exhibited this behavior every year, that is a minor concern for him. Watch for lethargy, any swelling, or breathing difficulties. If any of those develop, you will need to see a reptile vet. Otherwise, keep him hydrated and control nude to offer food. If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. This does sound like normal ball python behavior, which merits being watched, but not to worry about it. Anna
It looks like you have a very nice set up, and maintain proper conditions. It looks like I wasn't clear on what I meant about dehydration. I didn't think dehydration caused the appetite loss, but rather, the failure to eat could cause dehydration. If your snake soaks on his own, that would be good enough to maintain hydration. Wrinkled skin on the neck area is an early sign of dehydration, so you could just watch for that. All reptiles are very sensitive to changes in their environments. The extra activity could very well be related to that. Being over active isn't a sign of any illness, so you don't need to worry about that.
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