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Old 07-27-16, 03:04 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

Quite agree re the feeding. Auntie Rachel is on a large mouse every 14 days now (went up last feed). I'm in absolutely no hurry to bring her along too quick-slow and steady.

See so many massively overfed boas. People mistake greed for hunger I think...
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Old 07-31-16, 07:54 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

Now that her shots are finished, I decided to take her out today so she can stop associating being handled with getting stuck with a needle. It went a lot better than it has been going. She barely hissed when I got her out, only struck 3 times, and nobody got bit. :P

She's looking so pretty after a shed, too.





And with some sunlight.



It was really difficult to photograph her because if I brought the camera close enough to focus on her, she'd almost immediately stretch out to meet it so she could rest her nose on the lens. She'd even stretch a good 2/3 of her length to go after it, never had a boa that determined to reach for something.
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Old 08-01-16, 10:19 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

Well she pooped again yesterday, a lot quicker this time, but it was still runny and really smelly, and the urine was really really dark yellow. From what I read, Fortaz can cause diarrhea, but I'm not seeing signs of renal failure or anything, just some dehydration, so I'm just going to make sure to bump her humidity a bit again and get her into the vet's again to make sure it's the Fortaz causing the gross poos and make sure it's okay to put her on EcoEarth, since it will drastically raise her humidity. Also, to recheck her mouth in case of any abscesses, although the initial check up showed her mouth was clear, I just want to make sure and it won't cost me any extra money. Probably won't be able to take her in until later this week or next week, since that's when I have my days off.
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

I was hoping to get to the vet this week but turns out I'm working every single week day. When I get the next schedule I'll see about next week, luckily I don't think there's an emergency anymore.

She's sitting steady at 502 grams before giving her another weaned rat. It's crazy to think within a month she'd put on 100+ grams, and now has been holding that weight for the past month. Technically, she's gained ~10 grams, but it's nothing like 100 grams. haha

As of the last time I handled her, there were no hisses, strikes, or anything.
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So glad she's doing well BSG. She's a lovely snake and I look forward to seeing her progress.
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Old 08-10-16, 06:33 PM   #36 (permalink)
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So glad she's doing well BSG. She's a lovely snake and I look forward to seeing her progress.
Thank you, me as well! She's gotten paler since her shed, so hopefully that trend continues.
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

She gave a little hiss when I got her out, and nibbled the camera lens a bit, but overall she did good today. She let me bring my hand up under her head without hissing, striking, pulling back, or whipping her head to look at it.

I don't think I'll trust her on the ground outside of her tub any time soon, though.













She was poking the tip of her tail into my arm trying to get a grip. lol



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And a few with flash indoors. According to SerpWidgets, she's ~3.5, but a good portion of it wasn't flat, so she could be a few inches larger than that. So, she's about as big as I originally thought, closer to 3.5' than 4', but she's definitely somewhere in the middle. Guess she seemed bigger stretching out along her tub. The outdoor photos are closer to her actual colors, but I'm including these too since they show her size a bit better than most of the others.





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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

Titel is looking good getting some size on her!
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Titel is looking good getting some size on her!
Thanks! I've only had her a few months I'd be surprised if she's grown all that much. I'm not sure how much length 100 grams gives to a snake of her size. lol With Nymeria, from 80-180 was about half a foot of length, and 180-280 was another half a foot. Seems odd if Tirel grew half a foot from her 100 grams since she arrived already dwarfing Nymeria, and Nymeria had already reached 3' by then. :/

If she cooperates, I'm thinking it might be best to get her stretched against the wall for a more accurate measurement, it's just not adding up. lol
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Snakes are good at making no sense though
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

Well Tirel weighed in at 639 grams today. I'm going to be moving her back on to small rats, and I will be spacing her and Nymeria's feedings out from every 2 weeks to every 4 weeks over the winter. Today's feeding will mark the beginning of the winter "famine" period. Next winter they'll be completely fasted.

She's getting bigger and bigger! She nearly completely engulfs my hand now.
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

I had a hunch earlier this week she was going into shed, and today she proved me right!

She was not happy at all about being taken out, but I had to change her paper towels. They were bloody from her feeding earlier, but I was giving her a few days to let her feeding response die down and give her time to digest. These two photos are before and after she struck at the camera.





And back in her tub. When I change her paper towels I like to spray them down flat because if I don't she bunches them up in a corner. I would have done it before putting her back, but she was in shed and grumpy and I wanted to get out of her hair ASAP. She didn't like the spray but didn't strike at me so there's that.





The shipping box is the box Guin was shipped in over a year ago. I just repurposed it into a hide.
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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

The site was down when I wanted to post this update, so here it is a few days late.

Still quite blue a week later.

I picked up her hide to see if she was done shedding yet or not, and when I put the hide back over her I touched her tail and that was the last straw. lol

Better safe than sorry spraying her, she look a bit dry, and it's the only way to affect humidity on paper towels. She didn't mind the spray just did NOT want me touching her.







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Re: Tirel, Ghost Boa

Haha! Got a few "Don't you dare touch me" snakes myself, always fun. She looks great even in shed
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