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Need some input on boa "reabsorption"..

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Posted by: JJsBoas at Tue Apr 24 18:14:50 2007   [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by JJsBoas ]  
   

Hey all,

Looks like we're off to a great year this boa breeding season. I hope everyone's projects are going well.

I have a concern about one (possibly two) of my females that I think may have "reabsorbed." But I really don't know if this is actually the case. They were both bred by the same male. On the first girl, I saw a noticeable swelling (which I assumed was her ovulation) and she shed right on time about 2 1/2 weeks after. I didn't remove the male until after she shed and he showed no more interest in her. After this girl's shed, I removed the male, gave him a rat and let him go at it with another girl, who he took on with gusto.

With this second girl, I also saw a very noticeable swelling after about 1-2 months of courting (which I again assumed was her ovulation) but she never had a POS and I kept the male in with her (as I usually do until I'm "sure" the female's gravid).

The 1st girl is consistently in a Heat Conservation Position; but that 2nd girl is still roaming around her cage fairly regularly. My two additional gravid girls are both always in a Heat Conservation Position.

The questionable girls are not as "girthy" as my other gravid females, so now I'm concerned that they might have "reabsorbed." But I'm not exactly sure when this "reabsorption" occurs: After the Pre-Ovulation Swell?, After actual Ovulation?. Are there any signs to look out for if a female does reabsorb? Does reabsorption even occur in boas? Any insight will be greatly appreciated.

Sorry for the long drawn out narrative above. Just thought I'd include as much info as possible.

Thanks in advance for any help...Jay


   

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