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Posted by H+E Stoeckl on May 10, 2003 at 13:42:06:
In Reply to: Feeding problems with a "rescue" posted by rick s. on May 10, 2003 at 12:18:32:
Housing a boa at bad conditions cause stress to the animal and this may lead to a disease (mostly a bacterial infaction).
The fact that the boa (still) look good don't prove that it is healthy.
So the first measure is to provide proper housing conditions (which I assume) and to weigh the animal. A serious disease often shows a significant loss of weight within a short time. However, the owner don't notice it because he sees the animal every day. So weighing and checking the weight is crucial.
If the animal don't start to feed within, say, two month a visit at the vet is necessary.
If the animal loses weight or shows a behaviour which is not normal (hiding day and night) a visit at the vet has to be done immediately.
It could be written several pages about this topic, but this lines was the most important things.