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Would a Boa feed if it had a resperitory problem?


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Posted by Tormato on May 11, 2003 at 03:14:57:

I picked up an adult Boa a week ago-free with the enclosure. She is tame, and pretty darn huge (maybe 8ft). Her cage is in my room, so I have to hear what goes on at night. Thankfully so..because 4 nights ago I heard her breathe loudly, like a bomb going whhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeww. I know thats kinda silly but its the only way I can explain. Its not really weazing, and it isn't bubbling-like. Her mouth doesnt seem to have mucus in it. Anyway, when she breathese like this, it only seems to be at night. And when it happens, it seems to be in session, then stops. But when it happens, its at least 3 times in a row. Maybe 2.

The other night I threw a big rat in the cage. I obviously watched, and she hawked the rat down. I think I heard someone say that snakes wont feed if sick, especially with RI's. Is this true? Also, could this be a mild case that just needs raised temps? Sorry to keep going on and on, but..
The cage the guy gave me is pretty small, 60 gallons. She lived in it her whole life. Along with my adult Carpet, we are building new, much bigger enclosures. Seeing as the cage is small for her size, she is always curled up. Could that be why she breathes so loudly sometimes? Almost like shes crammed, so she needs to suck more air in at a more intense rate? I really feel bad for this snake cos` its home is so small. I really cant wait to move her out of there...
We called the herp vet, and he wont be around for 3 days. Im too anxious to wait, so I figured I'd ask you guys.
Any, and I mean Any help would be magnificent. Thank you very much for you time..


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