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Posted by dan felice on April 24, 2003 at 05:00:17:
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:
: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, don't know about the 'crappy' issue. try giving her a branch or two to climb on .....that may stimulate more regular bowel movements. but your other point about too large a cage rings true. my guys usually go off feed for awhile when moved to larger quarters. if i return them to their normal cage, then they return to normal too. too big of a jump in size [of containers] does seem to throw them even when placed there in their longtime hides......good luck w/ your snake. more exercise may be the key.