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Posted by Chris Ken on January 26, 2003 at 06:56:09:
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.
: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.
The first thing I would do is get that moss out of there.Although alot of Dry folks will not agree,I believe that keeping damp or wet moss in the cage produces a possible breeding ground for bacteria and parasites,especially when the snake inhabiting the cage defecates and urinates in the moss(which they do more than not).If the surroundings are that arid you should just mist the cage with a spray bottle as often as you see fit.As far as your snake being in blue,don't sweat it.He'll probably be out of blue by the time you read this or soon after.
Here's the only training course you'll need...Patience is a virtue.