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Old 12-08-17, 09:35 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Re: Colombian Rainbow Boa Won’t Eat. Tried Everything. Need Help.

Originally Posted by Umbrax View Post
I'll post a picture when I get home from work today, but I can give you some info on how it's setup until then. Its a 10 gallon glass aquarium with a mixture of cyprus mulch and sphagnum moss as the substrate (about 1 inch so he can burrow). The humidity in my house is already 60-70% so by misting in the morning and night I can keep humidity constantly above 80%. Yes I am aware that glass tanks aren't recommended, and originally I had him in an 110 qt rubbermaid tub but I temporarily moved him to the smaller glass tank to help him feel more secure, and I'll move him back to the tub once he gets a little bit bigger and starts eating. As far as I can tell he isn't loosing any weight, I don't have a scale to measure though. One thing I have noticed is that he's not really using his mouth at all. He's almost too docile I guess? It's hard to explain. When I first got him he snapped at everything that moved, but now, he wont even attempt to bite me If my hand is right in front of his face. Usually you'd consider this a good thing, but its got me worried there might be something wrong with his mouth or jaw. I also almost never see him out of hiding, and I've never seen him drink or soak in his water bowl. For heating I've got 2 small zoomed heat pads covering about half the cage, but they don't heat the cage up enough so I've also got a purple/red heat lamp pointed towards the hot spot. All of the heating equipment is connected to a thermostat set to 85 F. Oh, and every time I try to offer him a mouse, he runs away from the mouse and tries to get out of the enclosure. I'd assume this is stress related? I've got 2 hides, one log hide on the warm side, and one DIY hide made out of tupperware with a fake plant inside of it on the cold side.
Does he flick his tongue? As I mentioned below my pair are 5 years old, I've only seen them drink a handful of times and yawn a couple times after eating in that time. Mine also do not soak, so I wouldn't worry about not seeing that behavior. They are very secretive, they will hide most of the time and typically come out at night. As far as being bitey, mine are very docile as well. When they first arrive they tend to be more defensive since its a new environment, everything is different and it will take some time to adjust. What are the temperatures in your house? I keep mine at an ambient around 75-77 (room temp) with a hot spot at 84. They hardly use the heat. Personally I might ditch the lamp if I were you and only use the heat mats, as long as your house stays a decent temperature. Are you offering food during the day or at night? When you offer food, try just poking the mouse into the hide so he isnt disturbed too much, and make sure the mouse is warm enough. May be a silly question but can I see a photo of the size mice you're offering compared to the snake?

Originally Posted by DJC Reptiles View Post

I will try not to talk about Brian Barczyk because that's not what this question was about, we can have a separate topic about that later. I don't see any major husbandry issues with your snakes enclosure. I would however recommend that you lower the humidity in his cage to ~65%. Colombian rainbow boas are well known to thrive in humidities much lower then what you would supply for a Brazilian raibow boa. This probably wouldn't cause the snake not to eat, but high humidity could cause a respiratory infection later if not dealt with properly. It looks like you provide a light in your snakes cage, may I ask what kind and how often is it on?
I'm disagreeing with this. I have kept my colombian rainbows in 90%+ humidity their entire lives and never an issue. They are now going on 5 years old and currently breeding. RI and scale rot comes from soaking bedding and unsanitary conditions. If OP can maintain high humidity without soaking the substrate the snakes will be fine. 50-60% is too low for a juvenile rainbow boa no matter the species.
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