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Re: Eastern Indigo Blue for 2 weeks


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Posted by dwight on January 25, 2003 at 10:34:02:

In Reply to: Eastern Indigo Blue for 2 weeks posted by GregH on January 25, 2003 at 07:24:16:

:I have a 7 month old Eastern male. What an experience and learning curve there is raising these guys from newbies.

:Anyway, my guy has bee blue for about 2 weeks now. He started this whole shedding process in the beginning of the month. This is when he started to refuse food. I tried to feed him the first week of the month, he was still active and looking normal, he refused the food. I tried again 4 days later (1/9/03) and he refused again. I picked him up and saw that underneath he was getting blue. Since that day he has been hidden in his moss and hasn't come out since. I spray his moss daily. I pick it up just so I can see what stage he is at and his eyes were reall blue about 2 weeks ago and today they still are blue. This seems like a heck of a long time to be blue. Now granted, I am used to my other colubrids, this is my first Eastern.

:Is this normal for Indigos? He is also staying on the cool side of the cage which is about 70 degrees and could be dropping to maybe 65 at night. Do you think his metabolism has slowed down? I noticed the last time he shed he took an unusual amount of time then also. (Granted, I am comparing this to my other snakes, not other Indigos) There may be nothing wrong or this may be normal, but I am still learning, and getting your comments and suggestions at least gives me a piece of mind.

:Thanks,

:Greg

:P.S. Anyone ever thought of starting a training course for new owners on simply how to keep their sanity through this new experience? lol.
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I suspect that your temps are fairly low and this is causing the process to take a longer time. I had an adult male that took a month to go through the process, as he went into opaque during the cool down/mating period in my room. Warm it up and that skin will be off. Make sure there is a humid area in the cage as this is very important for good shedding. Look for both eye caps. Good luck and let us know what happens. Dwight




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