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RE: Brazilian Rainbow Boa health issues

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Posted by: Snakesitter at Sun Jun 21 01:23:51 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Snakesitter ]  
   

LilSamSara, I'm sorry to hear of your regurg troubles.

Rainbows are generally hardy, but every now and then one will have regurg issues. This is primarily caused by three issues: genetics (hypos, for example, are especially prone to this), environment (temps too high or humidity too low), or illness.

Does your animal have any hypo blood?

You checked temps, but how is your humidity?

Has your snake been exposed to any illness factors?

Regardless of trigger, successful treatment of a regurg requires two factors.

One, the next meal must be offered at twice the normal meal delay. For example, if you usually offer weekly, wait two weeks. You seem to had already realized this, but it allows their gut bacteria to rebuild.

Two, the prey should be one size down from normal. For example, if you usually offer a rat fuzzie, drop back to a pinkie.

It also helps to add a probiotic such as flagyl or nutribak, and raise temps by a degree or two on the warm end (no more than 84F).

Note that a regurging snake will often look like it is having a seizure..however, this is a normal part of a regurg. I had a snake at one point that threw up a *partial* regurg every now and then (just hair and water; the rest it digested), and the animal always looked like something much worse was happening until it passed…and the snake was fine afterward.

I hope this helps. As Boid noted, make sure to contact the breeder and see what support he or she is willing to offer.

If you have any followup questions, please let me know.
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