i have a ball python named Wilbur. he is a year in a half old. his temps are kept at about 85-90 with bark as substrate. we have had him since SEptember 26, 2004. the person we bought him from said he was eating three large mice a week (off of tongs, pre killed). since getting him he has been through a shed and has acclamated really well. he has a hide box and he does spend time in it. he is in a 55 gallon tank. he also has a soak bowl. my problem is that he has not eaten since September 23. we have tried pre killed mice and rats, we have tried alive mice and rats (small). everytime we bring something near to him he barries his head or just the other way from it. we even put him in a different box, no good. we have tried to feed him in the morning , afternoon, and night so far nothing works. he is producing sperm plugs but he has not had the female to go that road with. he is very active and alert. he has not struck at anyboby or anything. we even tried dipping one in chicken broth but to no avail. please help we are very over protective parents of all our wonderfull children. we have four kids, two bearded dragons, three dogs, and our ball python. he does have good muscle tone and roundness is ok but you can tell he has lost some weight.for anyone who can help we thank you now.