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Rosy Boa Problem Feeder--Solved?

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Posted by: Chris_McMartin at Sun Jan 11 22:15:05 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Chris_McMartin ]  
   

My little rosy (born 13 July of last year, acquired late Sep) has been an inconsistent feeder most of the time we've had him--one pinky a week, twice in a row, then off feed for three weeks, then repeat.

I have always fed him in a closed deli cup so he can't "get away" from the F/T pinky. I started putting a paper bag over the cup and leaving him overnight, which at first seemed to help, but ended up just following the same 2 weeks good/3 weeks bad pattern as before. Monthly measurements showed him decreasing slightly in weight but apparently trading weight for a modest increase in length.

Well, we went out of town for Christmas for 9 days and lowered the house thermostat (temps near the cage read 68 vs. 73 degrees). Since coming back, he's taken 3 pinkies in a row--a new record for him. I'm hoping he'll start putting on weight and growing more rapidly.

SO, since I'd been following the "my rosy won't eat" threads quite a bit, I'm hoping maybe something I've tried might help others in similar situations--MAYBE a mere week and a half of slightly lowered temperatures caused something to "click" in the boa's mind, or maybe he just decided to eat on his own. Might be worth lowering the temps for a couple of weeks (he wasn't eating for longer periods than that anyway) to see what happens.
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Chris McMartin
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I'm Not a Herpetologist, but I Play One on the Internet


   

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