Well,I highly reccommend feeding frozen/ thawed to any snake.
It's not uncommon for snakes to get hurt by their "prey".
Now a pinkie isn't going to do damage,but just wait till she "graduates" up to larger prey items if you went with live feeding.
So i'm really glad you want to switch her over.
First off,did you try to offer her a thawed pinkie yet?
I highly recommend the using of tongs for feeding snakes.
They won't confuse you with the food item then in that sense.
You could make the pinkie seem "alive" by moving it with the tongs.
Also,how are you feeding the snake?
I know,stupid question..
but I advise this,if your snake is in her hiding place..put the food item near the opening.
Thats how I first fed Cosmo,my corn snake.
I thawed out a mouse,placed it near the opening,he slithered out a bit& dragged the food item in to consume.
He eats outside his hiding place now too,but when I first got him& the first feeding I was advised to do that& it worked.
I know some snakes only eat if the item is warm as well,so you could warm the food item by just putting it over a heat lamp for a tiny bit.That may not be the problem you'll encounter though.
Theres...some pretty gruesome methods out there for getting some snakes to feed (think "braining" which I think would be immensely cruel to do to any living creature).
I do think that this snake may be quite easy to switch over though,since it's pinkies she's accepting at the moment.
Get some frozen pinkies,thaw out one& see how it goes =D
Also,I also don't reccommend the "starving" method.
Some snake keepers choose to starve their snake so that it'll finally eat whatever is placed in front of them,that's inhumane.
I also was given tips on rubbing the dead animal on a live animal.
None of this I think you'll have to do.
If you do need more tips,i'll gladly provide them.
I can tell you how to as well =]
But really,I would first just see if she will accept frozen/ thawed.Make sure it's thawed though.
If it's still frozen it won't go well with the snake,
may run into problems
As for names.It's a python & since I'm a big fan of Monty python,name her Monty!!
& Hey,girls can have boy names yeah?
Gorgeous snake btw!! Any idea on the length?
She won't be feeding on pinkies her whole life btw.
She'll need bigger food items eventually =D
If you ever need help determing what size prey etc,just PM me or send me an email: [email protected]