i have a 8 year old red tail boa. not sure if its mail or female. he didnt eat for 5 months this last winter until a month ago! now i cant get him to eat again...
Pet's Age: 8
he always has ate frozen mice/rats
Hello,I'm sorry to hear you're having a problem with your boa. I can give you a few things to try. First of all make sure your heating equipment is functioning properly. We can take it for granted and not realize that something isn't functioning as it should or the temperature has inadvertently dropped. The temperature gradient in the cage should be kept at 82-90* (27*C to 32*C) F in the daytime, with a basking area kept at 90-95* F(32*- 35*C). At night, the temperature may be allowed to drop down to 78-85* F.Once you're sure the temperatures are correct, give your snake a nice long soak (20 to 30 minutes) in a shallow bath. Be sure to supervise closely. If you should notice that the skin around the neck is puckered or wrinkled, your snake could be severely dehydrated, and that calls for a visit to a vet.Some snake keepers also report improved appetite when they offer a mouse or rat that has been what is called 'brained.' A clean needle is inserted into the thawed rodent's head until brain fluids leak out. There is an odor to the fluids that stimulates the snake's appetite. You can also warm the prey animals a bit by dipping in warm water.As you know, a snake can go a long time without eating, so yours is in no danger of starving. However, there come a point when appetite loss indicates parasites or an internal problem, and you'll need to see a vet. If it comes to that, you'll have to make the decision as to the best time to do that. when you do, be sure to request blood work. This link will take you to a directory of reptile vets:http://www.anapsid.org/vets/index.html#vetlistIf you have more questions, let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope your boa will be fine.Anna(The above answer is intended for informational purposes only. If your pet is ill, you should consult a veterinarian. )
how long should i expect him not to eat this time. should i try live. not sure if i can "brain" the rat!
There's no way to know how long you should expect him not to eat. A live rat may increase the snake's interest, but it would be taking a chance. Live prey often fights back.Your snake doesn't have experience with that. If the prey isn't quickly killed, the snake can be bitten. That doesn't sound like it should be a big problem because the snake is so large. However, these little bite wounds are very prone to infection, which can become systemic and life-threatening. This link will take you to a website with information on rat bite infections, and also has suggestions to get a snake to eat. You'll have to scroll down.http://redtailboafaq.com/feeding.php#q1I would check the temperatures and give the snake a good soak, then try to feed. Braining would probably help, but if you can't do it, you can't do it.You could try dragging the rat to cause movement - but the snake may strike at you in that situation. If this were my snake, and I couldn't get him to eat within a week, I would see a reptile vet. If you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask.AnnaMsAM41034.7255733449
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