Ball not pooping!

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Ball not pooping!

Postby Condor » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:07 pm

I have a female Ball Python just over a year old - she is healthy, eats like a pig and has perfect sheds - problem is she hasn't pooped in about 2 months - should I be worried? :-?
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Postby scaly » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:39 pm

Hey condor

Wat i normaly do is i put them in a tub with more cold than hot water for about 30min to an hour.I think that softens the poop it works for me,+ope it works for you.

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Postby Condor » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:45 pm

Thanks will give it a bash - never had this problem with other balls - anything I'm doing wrong?
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Postby scaly » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:50 pm

I wish i knew. are we doing something wrong? because i have had it with lizards aswell.
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Postby Quintin » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:00 pm

What substrate are you keeping your Ball Pyhton on? Some substrates could cause impaction!

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Postby Condor » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:04 pm

Newspaper - have always used this with many Balls over the years and no problems?
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Postby Snake Charmer » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:05 pm

We always soak our compacted snakes in lukewarm water. This helps stimulate bowel movement ... and voila ... the shits follow!

There was however a Burmese Python who was very much compacted (I was on maternity leave at that point in time, so it wasn't noticed by the contract staff member in time) - tubed with glycerine ... poopsie poops!
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Postby Quintin » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:22 pm

News paper is fine! Try the tub of water trick.. it also usually does it for my Blood Python! Also check your temperatures!

Ive also noticed that sometimes when i clean my cages and put down new News Paper.. my snakes cr@p on it just to spite me.. lol

Let us know how she does?

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Postby mikec29 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:09 pm

Quintin wrote:Ive also noticed that sometimes when i clean my cages and put down new News Paper.. my snakes cr@p on it just to spite me.. lol
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i have the exact same problem! :)
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Postby Leos r gr8 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:25 pm

:lol: No way, mine too...I wonder what triggers this, possibly the stress of being handled?
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Postby jka » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:59 pm

I read that some cornsnake "spray" or scent their enclosure after you have cleaned it. It might be the same with the royal pythons.
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Postby Condor » Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:33 am

Thanks for all the tips - all my other snakes have also always waited for a nice clean tank but not this Ball! - I have tried the soaking thing and also no go - I am going to try and take her to Onderstepoort this morning - better safe than sorry!
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Postby Condor » Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:30 pm

Just got back from Onderstepoort - a large white "urine plug" seemed to be blocking up the whole system - all the rest of the poop was pushed out and all seems fine - they did test for bacteria but all is clean - so lets hope my problem is sorted out - i would just like to know how one can avoid this?
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Postby Quintin » Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:36 pm

Glad to hear Condor! If i may ask, how much did they charge you for that? (you may pm me).

What are the temps in your Ball Pythons' cage?

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Postby Condor » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:03 pm

Quintin,

The little excercise cost me R220.00 - bit of a ripoff for what was done, but I at least know my BP is healthy and that my other snakes won't be catching any bugs!
Temps in tanks are about 29 on warm side down to about 25 on cooler side.
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