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Rosy Boa not eating?

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Posted by: rosyraptor at Mon Feb 15 16:42:01 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rosyraptor ]  
   

I have an 11 year old Rosy Boa who tends to "shut down" and not eat during the months of January to about March. She doesn't do this every year, but it has become more frequent lately. I feed her frozen thawed mice (she used to eat live) that I defrost by putting on top of her UV light until they are slightly warm. I wiggle them with the tongs, and she will strike and coil around them, but she won't eat them.

My uncle (who owned a Boa Constrictor and a Ball Python in the past) says that it must be the breeding season for Rosys, and that's why she's not eating. Is this true? A book I had said that the mating season goes until April, I think.

She last ate on January 10th, but she is active, healthy looking, and otherwise seems fine aside from not eating.

There's also another odd behavior of hers that might be related (but I don't know): she'll crawl against herself: rubbing against her own belly scales. Does anyone know what this behavior means, if anything? She'll do it for a while, and then stop.

I keep her at about 84 degrees, btw, and it is currently cold where I live if that has anything to do with it...


   

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