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Richard Hoyer-Help! Rubber Boa stopped eating- was eating well!

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Posted by: EricWalt at Tue Oct 5 23:09:08 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by EricWalt ]  
   

Hi Richard-

I hope you can help- I stumbled across-literally- a 22 inch Rubber Boa in late Spring. Problem is that it stopped eating in mid August-and has visibly lost weight.
It WAS eating-directly from hand or tongs- as soon as I placed the warmed (warm water) thawed pinky mice nearby- the snake would rise to meet it and start eating-while I held the mouse to it could get a grip. About 20 pinks per month.

I live in a temperate area-near the coast-and my house temp varies from 60-80 F
I set up a terrarium with lots of Moss (both damp and live- and the Moss found in bulk for planter ground cover. The snake has a variety of moist and dry "hides"-as well as open space. I also added a very low watt "warm rock"-which never seems to get more than slightly warm. The snake seems to use this for regulation-by adjusting the amount of body contact.

It appears healthy and it seems relaxed and "happy" to be held. Particularly if I let it smell my hand for a few seconds before I pick it up.
Should I try force feeding? Or just give it more time?
It has shed twice- once in late Aug- and last week. Any suggestions?

Thanks! Eric


   

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