Tip #1) Do not buy a snake that is not eating.
If at all possible ask to see it eat before you make the purchase. Atleast this way you will know it does recognize mouse/rat/gerbil/whatever
it ate as food.
Tip #2) Get your Python to eat pre-killed as soon as possible. This is for the saftey of your animal.
Rodents have very sharp teeth and claws and are capable of doing serious damage to your python.
Tip #3) Establish a
feeding schedule for your python, then stick to it. You will be suprised how they seem to know when its time to eat.
#4)Snakes under a year can eat every 4-6 days. Once it is past a year every 7-10 days is fine. For Royal pythons over 3 ft.
a rat every two weeks will suffice.
Tip #5) Don't overfeed! You don't want an obese snake. If you can see skin inbetween
the scales then you need to ease off a little
Stupid Feeding Errors
The page linked to below contains graphic pictures of a euthanized snake and those with a weak stomach are
recommended to not click the link.
Horrific Results of Live Feeding