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Old 07-30-12, 01:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Boa soaks in water all day

hello i posted yesterday about my baby boa.she has a starter viv.she has 2 hides and 2 water bowls.her humidity is good and temprature is right.i also have a royal python and a corn snake and they sometimes lay in there water bowls but they have never stayed in the bowl as long as my boa has.she seems ok but i just worry as she is my first boa .i just want to know im taking care of her properly as my snakes are my pride and joy and dont want anything to go wrong.thank you for your advice.
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Any chance She has mites?
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^^^ What she said. ^^^

If your water dish is of a light color it is rather easy to spot mites.
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Re: Boa soaks in water all day

Depends on the individual snake... My dwarf boa loves to soak, even when not in she'd and temps are fine. With how warm it's been lately are you keeping an eye on the cold end temperatures as this may be the issue.
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Re: Boa soaks in water all day

My male boa will soak all day for a day or 2 before a shed. When they come out of the water dish have a look in the water for dead mites. If there are non don't worry about it. If there are treat all your snakes for mites.
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Old 07-30-12, 07:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Boa soaks in water all day

I have a female BCI. She will soak 24/7 about a week or so before shed. This despite appropriate humidity/temp/etc. I thought mites could be an issue when I first encountered this, but none were ever to be found. It's just her....
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Re: Boa soaks in water all day

As said above the main difficulty in the uk ATM is keeping cool sides cool.

My BRB has sat in her dish for nearly 2days before and I haven't found any problems with either husbandry or mites however it is reall important you check.

Hope it all turns out ok!

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Temps, humidity?
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Re: Boa soaks in water all day

The most common reasons for a snake to soak for an extended period of time are:
  • Approaching a shed
  • Enclosure is too hot
  • Mites

Pictures of the snake, enclosure, and temps could help us help you narrow it down. But if you see little dark dots crawling on your snake it's mites.
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I had a boa a while back that would always soak, because i didn't have a hide. as soon as i put in a hide, and some cover she stopped doing it. she may be going in to feel secure
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Re: Boa soaks in water all day

thankyou everyone for your advice.she dosent have mites and seems to be fine now
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Re: Boa soaks in water all day

I have a boa that will soak for days at a time all year around been checked for mites he always done that as a baby I talked with the vet he said some snakes do that I pull him out everyday and dry him off and play with him then put him back by the time I go to bed he is back in his water bowl so as long as you dont find mites just do as I do should take her out and she will be fine
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