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Neither does my yearling Gopher...


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Posted by NZ on April 23, 2003 at 20:14:10:

In Reply to: My Tx Bull doesn't crap often..I know, sounds funny.....more posted by BILLY on April 23, 2003 at 18:43:19:


He feeds great, but takes a long time to crap. Sometimes it takes him until after the next week's feeding. Even longer than two weeks when he goes through the shed cycle. But I don't complain either, his health is great and feeds great. I got him in a large cage too, about 28x14x16! I have lots of hiding places for him, but what helps the most is making hiding places out of paper towel tubes. Just cut a strip off to make a dome, cut a couple of holes in the sides, then place them close to eachother, they love to cruise from one to the other and it helps them feel safer. Maybe the environment does have something to do with it, but I think it's more of an age thing! My other gopher was the same when she was a baby, but she outgrew it fast. Now she craps on the clock in the same spot every week!


:Hey there pit bros!

:I was curious to your thoughts on this.

:My Tx bull is a 2002 hatchling. She is quite big, well over 2 ft. Anyways, she eats great, but one thing I have noticed about here since I bought her in Nov. is that she takes her sweet time with giving me a big mess to look foward to after she has her weekly meal. I am not complaining TOO much, since we all know that bull snake dumps are in a class of their own.

:She will take sometimes a few weeks to crap after her last meal. In fact, two weeks ago, I fed her 2 pinkie rats, didn't feed her last week, and still, she hasn't given me a grand mess. So, it has been about maybe 3 weeks. Long time, eh?

:Here is my reasoning from her standpoint. I put my Tx bull in a cage that is 34 x 18 x 6. I thought she would love that, all the open space to play in. I think that mentally, due to all the space, she may not feel as secure as she would maybe in a smaller cage. I have plenty of hideways in her big cage, but still, perhaps that could be it. Reason why I think this is because my snow southern pine did the same thing when I put her in the same size cage as my Tx bull. She wouldn't crap for weeks, until I put her in a normal rubbermaid sweaterbox. Now, my snow southern pine does it weekly, like all the other kids.

:Has anyone had this happen to them with their pits? Do you think that since my Tx bull is from a big bloodline, that may have something to do with it? She does look a little heavy, but not that heavy, since I am careful with how much weight my snakes have. I did put her in a smaller cage, and now my albino Nelson milk is more than happy in his big new cage.

:Any thoughts would be appreciated! Take care!

:Billy
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