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RE: Neonate questions

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Posted by: RichardFHoyer at Thu Feb 1 13:10:44 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by RichardFHoyer ]  
   

Geckofanatic23,
I have posted a message on the main boa forum that pertains to your Jan. 11 post.

I have known a number of individuals that have had success in getting their juvenile and/or adult Rubber Boas to consume prey during winter months. For the most part, the boas I have maintained quit feeding anywhere from early Sept. to late Oct. so I have found that trying to get specimens to feed during the winter months is mostly a waste of time. I suspect that the type of lighting, light / dark cycle, and temperature in combination may be important.

I would suggest that if your juvenile boa has not taken prey by this time, to place it in the coolest place possible for the duration of the winter. But first be sure it is hydrated by soaking the boa in shallow (1/8 inch) water in a jar for about 12 - 15 minutes. At 70 degrees, 24 hours / day, a non-feeding juvenile boa will likely metabolize body reserves rather quickly. Thus, there is an increased risk of the specimen becoming emaciated in a relatively short period of time.

Richard F. Hoyer


   

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