Thread: Help!!
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Old 01-13-18, 07:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Help!!

Originally Posted by kazz View Post
may be he has some decease ? and may be bc off too much humidity ?
snake discovery channel says humidity is bull **** and humidity box enough. And too many humidity is much more danger than less humidity.
Your statement is correct for a lot of commonly kept reptiles, mainly the snakes or lizards from North America (e.g. corn snakes, king snakes bull snakes and the (not tropical) milk snakes), Europe, Northern Asia or from dry tropical regions like (semi) desserts or savannahs (e.g. ball python). Probably all of them donít need any higher humidity over an extended period of time, I certainly donít keep track on the humidity of my European snakes or my milk snake.

However, in the context of this particular thread your statement is (in your own words) "bull ****". Have you even bothered to read on the species in question, or at least thought about it? We are talking about an AMAZON tree boa! What do you expect the average humidity in a tropical RAINforest to be??

If you keep a snake which is adapted to a high humidity environment in an enclosure with low humidity over an extended period of time this can lead to issues like bad sheds, digestion problems up to gout (in German this is called pseudo gout, I donít know if it translates into English the same way, maybe MDT could help me out on this one), basically crystalline structures are building up in or around internal organs, finally resulting in a sudden death of your snake with no obvious warning. While the most likely cause of this gout may be food related, a low humidity is certainly also a factor. Keeping a tropical snake in a low humidity will not cause it to drop dead from itís branch immediately, but it will very likely cause serious health issues over an extended period.

Kazz, I am really not out here to harass you, but right in this case your statement is not simply questionable, it is plain wrong. On the other hand, leaving it uncommented might lead someone reading it in the future to actually believe it (after all, itís an information from the internet!), thatís why I wrote my comment to your statement. If anybody else would have written something like this, I would have done the same (and already did in the past).

@trailblazer: sorry for the Off-topic, but I really think this had to be commented on. About your question, I donít have any personal experience with ATBs, I can only conclude from my experience with arboreal colubrids like Spilotes or Gonyosoma. From the sound of it your snake might be dehydrated. My Gonyosomas didnít know what to with their water bowl, I think it took them at least 6 month until they learned to drink from it and both Spilotes and Gonyosoma prefer to drink water droplets sprayed on their body.

Does your snake drink if you spray water directly on it? If so, keep on spraying as long as it drinks, it might not use itís water bowl at all and the water you spray might not be enough for it. As others already said, the humidity itself seems to be OK, but I suppose the snake is simply not drinking enough.

1,0 Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli, 1,2 Gonyosoma oxycephalum, 1,2 Philodryas baroni, 1,2 Spilotes pullatus, 2,1 Spilotes sulphureus, 0,1 Gonyosoma boulengeri, 1,1 Zamenis longissimus, 0,1 Malpolon sp., 1,1 Malpolon monspessulanus
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