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Posted by RedFeather on May 08, 2003 at 12:28:52:
Hey guys, I woke up this morning to find an unhappy snake. He has regurgitated his meal, which was fed to him on Monday around 9pm. Now, a friend of mine has quite a snake collection and he says that it's not unusual for his grey-band kingsnake to regurge it's meal just before it sheds and my Hogg here is certainly shedding very soon. In the next day or two perhaps. Is this a common occurence in boas? Or at least documented occurence?
My other worry is what appears to be swelling in the throat and lower jaw area, which is pictured above. I took a look inside his mouth and saw no pus or visibly reddened flesh, sores, etc... so I am wondering if this is perhaps an effect of the regurgitation.
I have also heard that overfeeding can cause regurgitation. His current max girth is about a three inch circumference. I feed him a fuzzy frozen-thawed rat every week. They are roughly his girth, with a few being just a bit bigger, but not massively so. Do you think I could be overfeeding him?
He is handled very regularly, though has never hissed or snapped at anyone. I do not think he would be stressed, but I would assume stress would show itself in the form of a bad temper. Please correct me if I am incorrect.
His temps are 95 in the hot end, 87 or so in the cool end. He has and UTH and a heat lamp on a timer and is very often very warm when I take him out so I don't think temperature is a problem. I mist him everyday to keep the humidity up, though it usually revolves around 50%. I may purchase a humidifier to help.
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions (i.e. see a vet immediately) please let me know. I appreciate your help.