I Need Help!!!

Please help me!!!

Postby Charlie » Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:30 pm

i've recently bought my first red-tail boa, as this is my first snake, I desperataly need help.

i've got her feeding and everything but now suddenly it looks like she breathing very rapidly, i've got her for 2 months now, and ive only noticed this yesterday (2008-03-30).

can anybody please help me with what this might be and if it is normal!

Please!!!
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Postby Gabi » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:29 am

Oops! I think the mods may have to move this to the proper thread! :lol:

Is this when you hold her? When you're moving around near her tank?
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Postby Gabi » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:36 am

Where'd my post go?? :smt017
Ok I'll say it again.

Is this when you're holding her? Or when you're moving around outside her tank? As babies they are still unsure of themselves and get frightened easily. If she is doing it when you're handling her or if she sees too much movement it may just be that she's getting irritated.
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Postby Charlie » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:45 am

it is when i'm close to the tank and watching her, but she doesn't mind my taking her out and handling her. i'm just afraid it might be heat exhaustion or she might be cold or something...
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Postby bradmiller » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:47 am

Have you read any books on the care of boas?

What are your temp and humidity values?
Does she have a place to hide?
How big is your terrarium?
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Postby Gabi » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:51 am

What's the temperature and humidity in her tank like?
And, like bradmiller said, does she have a hide box?
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Postby Bushbaby » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:13 am

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Postby Charlie » Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:03 pm

i do not have a hide box, but she hides under the eucalyptus that i use for a substrate. she will hide her entire body except for her head...

the temp is 28'c in the middle of the tank, and 30'c on the warm side.
the humidity stays between 65 and 70 percent.
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Postby Charlie » Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:10 pm

my terraruim is 1.5mx0.4x0.6...
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Postby gbrown » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:03 am

Who's this strange creepy person who is always staring at me :-?

Mine do it as well it's just an indication of stress I think if they are tentative around you you still gonna freak her out does she do a similar thing when you hold her just on a smaller scale.
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Postby froot » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:21 am

Mine do it as well it's just an indication of stress I think if they are tentative around you you still gonna freak her out does she do a similar thing when you hold her just on a smaller scale.


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Postby Charlie » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:14 am

i figured out what the problem was... i don't have a proper day night cycle, luckily i've implented one now, so I believe things will get better from now on...
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Postby bradmiller » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:17 am

what was the day night cycle before you have fixed it?
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Postby Charlie » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:25 am

it was very irregular, so can't tell you precisely. But what is the best? because i've 15/9, 14/10 and some people say 12/12...
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Postby Bushbaby » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:28 pm

I would say 15/9 in winter, if 15 is the night time hours, and 9 the day time. In summer I would go with an hour difference of 14/10.
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