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Posted by rick s. on May 10, 2003 at 17:04:00:
In Reply to: Feeding problems with a "rescue" posted by JohnLokken on May 10, 2003 at 13:23:06:
Actually, April got me started with rescuing boas. So far I've "rescued" 5. My first rescue, Max, has been here almost 2 years and produced a nice litter this year. 4 of the 5 I've rescued have done well. One was in really bad shape, and even after a vet visit still didn't make it. It had been kept in a ridiculously small enclosure that caused it to develop calcium deposits in it's joints. We tried very hard to get her turned around, but she just couldn't recover and had to be put down. it is nice to try to help people with snakes they can no longer properly care for, but it is also frustrating.
:If it has good body weight you should be ok. Snakes can go quite sometime without food.
:My guess the snake is stressed. Not only because you have placed it in a new and better environment...But, also due to the "care" it had at this other persons house. It sounds as if the heat conditions were non existant. I think you having it housed in a nice tank with a good/suggested heat recquirements will put this boa back on the right track. Give it a few weeks. Then try and leave a f/t prey item in over night. Make it a smaller prey item than it could take. This should get him back on the right track. I would not handle it until it starts to eat and feel secure in it's new enviroment.
:Great job saving this animal. It is great to hear about people like you out there.