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Posted by koofaloofa on January 20, 2003 at 21:24:08:
In Reply to: Odd New Boa Behavior posted by djairam on January 14, 2003 at 10:23:58:
I haven't read through all the responses, but did notice someone posted a pretty good summary of things to look out for to exclude IBD.
Here's my experience with a baby I bought this summer: She was raised in a rack. When she wanted food, she'd look straight up before exploring other options. Now that she's established a new feeding routine in her neodesha cage, she looks at the side of the cage I feed her from, and hardly looks up at all. Snakes are surprisingly smart when it comes to feeding time. This could just be a habit from being kept in a rack while she was being raised up to sell.
Boas are great snakes. Best of luck with your new snake.
:I purchased a baby columbian boa at an expo this saturday. I know that the show was fairly stressful for the snakes.
:I know it's only been three days but, I have a question about what type of behavior is typical or atypical for a new snake.
:The first day she was out a lot, exploring. The past two days she has been sleeping a lot in her plant that's in the tank. All of that is fine, but what I am concerned about is that sometimes at night, when she wakes up, she does this thing that is very odd...
:She braces her head and neck on the corner of the tank and just stares upward for very long periods of time. Is this normal? Is this bad? Should I be concerned? I have been leaving her alone, so as to not stress her out more, but she is still doing this after three days. Is this behavior related to her being stressed out?
:what types of behaviors are "normal" or typical of new boas from these shows?