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Old 04-01-21, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help! Is my rosy boa sick?

Hi guys, this is my very first snake and I'm not sure what to do here, maybe one of you can help?

Last night I caught my rosy acting pretty weird. He was opening mouth ever so slightly, almost as if he was trying to breathe or like something was agitating his mouth. I suspect this might be a respiratory infection but it's hard to tell.

I've had him for about 6 months and he's been eating great and shedding all in one piece, so I thought everything was going fine. He's been in his hide for a week and refuses to come out. I thought he was just going into shed, but then last night I noticed this behavior so now I'm worried something is wrong.

Any advice would be appreciated! I'm new to all of this!
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Old 04-05-21, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help! Is my rosy boa sick?

Can you describe your cage setup? Size, substrate, number and placement of hides, heat sources, etc. There are a couple different things that can cause behavior like this and knowing the cage conditions would help narrow things down.
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Old 04-06-21, 10:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Update: found the problem. I managed to dislodge a small piece of substrate from his mouth this weekend and he is now a happy and healthy snake he even shed the next day and ate no problem. Iím still monitoring but all the symptoms of respiratory infection are gone as far as I can tell.
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