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RE: PS: Here are some photos of him.

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Posted by: markg at Fri Feb 3 13:07:47 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

Look very healthy, and in no way does he need to eat. See how robust he is?

Males of his size are sexually mature. Sexually mature males that have good body weight will often cease feeding in Sept or Oct, not feed all Winter, resume feeding perhaps in Feb or early March, eat a few times, then refuse food during breeding season. After breeding season, they will often eat again until Sept/Oct.

I used to breed rosyboas, and I had males that honestly would maybe eat 6 meals per year as described above. They were all chunky and healthy.

My advice to you is not to fight it. Keep the cage cool except for a basking spot. Try feeding him next week or the week after. From the pics, that snake will not starve.

Also, many rosies want fresh food vs thawed. Don't know why, but they often do. Mine would eat thawed rat fuzzies though.

Scale indents: very common in rosies. If desired, soak him in about 1/4 inch of tepid water for about 5 minutes. You may see his scales plump up. Water bowls do little for hydration. A soak will produce results. If the air is very dry or the cage has a screen top, then a soak from time to time is good. I used to do that to all my rosies and not have a water bowl. They would drink during the soak. All of my rosies had nice supple skin quality from doing that. Maybe once every 2-4 weeks. Not in the cold of Winter though. I would provide a water bowl in Winter.



   

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