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Old 08-16-19, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Help.. something wrong with my boa??


I have a beautiful 3 year old BI. He has been healthy and active with good appetite since I've owned him.
I made a huge mistake the a couple days ago and now something seems wrong with him!

I left him unsupervised for a few minutes and he found a hole in the wall in my poorly built apartment. He spent about 20 hours in the drywall before I figured out how to get him out.. through much banging and sawing and ripping up drywall. Obviously this was stressful and traumatic for him... And me.

I got him out and his scales were a little roughed up but he wasn't clearly hurt and he seemed normal (active, flicking his tongue, drinking water) Although he was clearly a bit stressed and tense.

It's been about 30 hours since I got him out and he is curled up in the corner of his tank not flicking his tongue. I'm afraid to grab him because I don't want to stress him out but he looks weird. I touch him and can feel him shift just a little bit but he is not moving his head or flicking his tongue. Wouldn't flick his tongue at a rat either. Seems incredibly unusual.

Might the drywall/dust given him an RI or maybe I couldn't tell and he actually is really hurt?!

I know, I already feel like a terrible owner but I'm scared and would love any input you guys have.
Thanks in advance
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Old 08-20-19, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help.. something wrong with my boa??

Probably still stressed. Do you hear any wheezing, or is it breathing with its mouth open? If not, probably no harm to the respiratory system. Give it few days, i.e. leave it alone, and see what if it comes around.
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