i have a red tailed boa constrictor that i bought a month ago. In the month I have had it she has not excreted during this time but has eaten each week. Is this normal as she has grown quite a lot in that time? Also her eyes went blue as if she was ready to shed her skin however after a few days they have gone back to normal but she does have flakey skin in places. What does this mean and what can I do to help?Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.Emma Sturgess
Pet's Age: 2
Name of Animal: Misery
Have you checked your temperatures?
What type of prey are you feeding?
What type of bedding do you use?
Is the snake eating normally?
When was last shed?
the temperatures are roughly 27 degrees centigrade during the day and at night they are roughly at the lowest 15 degrees centigrade.
We are feeding her large white mice every sunday, she is eatting normally.
We are uig orchid bark for her bedding.
Her last shed was before we had her roughly just over a month ago.
There are several reasons that the snake may not be going pooh.It takes close to 14 days for the larger species to digest digest their prey. If the snake is being underfed, it is possible the metabolism may have burned the food leaving nothing left to pass besides hair and very little waste built up in the digestive tract.
I would try some nice long soaks to be sure that the snake is well hydrated. many snaakes will defecate in the soak. You can try some extra prey and see if you may be underfeeding.
If none of this gets the snake to produce a stool, I would have the snake into a Herp Vet for an exam to be sure that there is no blockage or intestinal issue that needs to be addressed. This is a link for Herp Vets in the UK:
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thankyou for ur idears on her not pooing thats very helpfull.
just one last thing.... Do you have any idears as to why her eyes glazed over pastill blue as if she was going to shed but as of yet hasn't? could this also be helped b soaking her?
It sounds like she was going into a shed and something may have happened. The soaks should help. I do suugest a Herp vet visit since this is a new snake. The Vet can check to be sure all is ok and there is nothing out of the ordinary going on. Soaks are very important for preventing dehydration as well as for shedding. Joan
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