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Slycooper 05-14-19 05:59 PM

Boa help needed
 
So I have had a boa for about 4 months and heís had got to the bathroom twice and both times when heís gone poop heís gotten really skinny both times I would just like to know if that is normal ? I will post pictures of my boa if needed

EL Ziggy 05-15-19 02:20 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
Welcome aboard Sly. Let's see pics of your snake and setup when you can.

Veronica 05-15-19 02:57 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
And of course, a description of his set up, temps, and humidity would be helpful :)

Slycooper 05-15-19 10:48 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
I just tried posting pictures but it would not let me so Iíll give a description of his setup so he has 2 hides 1 on each side and I use a heating mat under the warm hide and I have a water dish for him always with water and the bedding I use is cypress mulch and I mist the bedding every so often so a couple of times a week. He has had 2 successful sheddings and he is normal when I pick him up he dowsing hiss at me. I feed him about every 10 days itís just when he goes to the bathroom which has only been twice since Iíve had him he just really thins out to me. I have had him since February 1st

Slycooper 05-15-19 11:03 PM

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And for the heat mat I have the temp set to 92 with the thermostat

craigafrechette 05-16-19 08:58 AM

Re: Boa help needed
 
How much does the snake weigh?

What size prey are you feeding?

Slycooper 05-16-19 12:35 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
Idk how much it weighs but Iíve been feeding it a fuzzy ever since Iíve had him.

craigafrechette 05-16-19 03:29 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
You may be under feeding. If thats the case that would explain the lack of poop. All the food may be used up to sustain growth so theres nothing left to poop out.

But, without knowing the snakes weight i cant say for sure

Slycooper 05-16-19 05:01 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
Okay well I just got another fuzzy today so after today the next time i feed him Iíll try a size up.

craigafrechette 05-17-19 09:55 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Slycooper (Post 1040915)
Okay well I just got another fuzzy today so after today the next time i feed him Iíll try a size up.

I don't know if thats the answer without knowing the weight of the snake.

Slycooper 05-17-19 12:22 PM

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I thought about it a little more and the sizing up isnít the answer itís the waiting the 10 Days because I feed it every 10-14 days so do you think I should feed it just every 7 days instead of waiting the extra days ? Just to see if that changes anything.

EL Ziggy 05-17-19 01:58 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
Are you feeding rats or mice? If they're mice fuzzys then your prey item is too small. A mouse hopper or even an adult mouse would be more appropriate. If we had a picture for reference or the weight of the snake we could tell you which prey item would be best. Boas have slower metabolisms than pythons or colubrids so I typically feed my young ones every 10-14 days and increase the length of time between feedings as they mature. I'd suggest feeding slightly larger prey on a 10-14 day schedule.

Slycooper 05-17-19 03:23 PM

Re: Boa help needed
 
A fuzzy mice, a hopper just looks too big for him, and I tried posting a picture but it says that the dementions are too big.

Slycooper 05-17-19 03:37 PM

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This is the best picture I could post since the dementions thatís the widest part of my boa.

EL Ziggy 05-17-19 03:39 PM

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If he's 6-7 months old a mouse hopper shouldn't be too large. My 2 month old boa was eating mouse hoppers. By the time she was 5 months old she was eating adult mice and rat fuzzys. She's 9 months old now and eating weaned rats.


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