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Old 01-15-04, 01:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Location: Iowa
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Shipping Nightmare!

A friend of mine went to Vegas for a week. While he was gone he arranged for a Brazilian Rainbow Boa to be shipped to his house. I agreed to wait at the house for it. The day it arrived FedEx it was about 10F. It was in the back of the truck from 7AM and after I called all over the US it was finally delivered at 2PM. When I opened the package the inside of the box felt like a freezer! I shot the little BRB with a temp gun and it was 42F. I thought for sure that it was dead. I looked at it for at least five minutes and saw no breathing, heartbeat, or movement. It was as limp as a wet noodle. I thought for sure it was dead so I took a few pics of it laying upside down and motionless. After sending the pics I called the breeder who sent it and spoke with him for about ten minutes. As I was talking the BRB began to slowly rithe around. I thought it was just nerves. I picked it up and rubbed it with my hands and it began to move a bit faster but still akwardly. Then all the sudden her tongue flicked out. I new then shew was alive. I gently placed her in a warm cage and left her for about 30 minutes. When I came back she was acting perfectly normal! Since then she has shed and ate and seems to be fine. We will never know what damage has been done to this boa and it is amazing that she is alive and doing well. The breeder was from Florida and I don't think he realized how cold it was here. He said he packed her at 11AM and the 2 small heat packs he used were only 20 hr heat packs?
So here is what I learned...
BRB's can live at 42F
Dont ship in extreme cold. If you do ship pack it and take it to the airport as late as possible and have it held at the station for pick up where it is warm.
I know its common sense people but apparently not everyone has it...
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