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Posted by John Hedger on October 27, 2002 at 23:08:11:
In Reply to: Import female... posted by Jeff on October 27, 2002 at 21:18:06:
How long have you had her? How have you been trying feeding her? What is it you mean that she is having a problem adjusting? Is she hiding her head alot or aggressively striking as if she's stressed out? Is she just not feeding at all and showing no interest? I would probably not let her get below 78 degrees for awhile if possible. It is always like walking on eggshells with new imports, especially if your importer hasn't done any work with her before shipping to you. You have to keep them in a quiet corner somewhere,covered and undisturbed for awhile...spray twice per day, along with some ventillation and drying out time. Try feeding her in the evening...fresh killed with tongs...you may have to tickle or gently pinch her tail area to get her to strike while dangling food in front of her...use your intuition on when to quit a feeding session...come back 15min or so later and try again, etc.,etc. You just have to work with her . This kind of thing often doesn't come easy for any of us with new imports. However, if you buy from a good dealer(ie.,Ben Siegel Reptiles,Ghi Reptiles),a dealer who knows his tree boas, you should be able to get a problem free emerald...even many fresh wildcaughts are coming in feeding with no problems. Of course, you won't get these type animals dirt cheap -- in the future I would recommend buying from dealers who care about emeralds and are not just trying to move them out as soon as possible to merely make a profit.
If you have any other helpful info on how you are trying to feed her, etc., please offer it...It was hard to tell much from your initial post.
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