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Re: Constipated?


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Posted by John Hedger on November 16, 2002 at 04:50:06:

In Reply to: Constipated? posted by Marcial on November 11, 2002 at 20:57:02:

Hey Marcial,
Hows it going with you? What you describe isn't that uncommon. Welcome to the world of slow metabolism in emeralds!! You are accustomed to the chondro's quicker absorption of food I'm sure. Actually, emeralds vary greatly in their speed of digestion. Inactivity can also cause urates to build up in the tail area, forming a hard ball of urate stone and thus making elimination difficult and uncomfortable. Other than your soaking remedy, you might try misting her more frequently (ie.,twice per day). Misting promotes tail slapping and activity. Handling as excercise wouldn't hurt either.
Varying her diet would be my next suggestion to try. Rat pups are good for fattening up but lack the fully formed bones and roughage of adult rodents. You might try adult mice,(or gerbils,hamsters,etc.) for awhile...or perhaps, switching back and forth between rat pups & mice could do the trick.
Good luck with that one Marcial!
John

:Ok,ok, so I have one basin... so what? lol Anyway, this girl is a nice size 2 yr old that I've been feeding a rat pup every few weeks. Never had any problems with her except that she won't poop. Right now, she's been fed 4 times without pooping & looks like her butt is about to explode. If I soak her, she'll go within a few hours... this is what I've done the past few times. I've been waiting to see how long it would take if I don't soak... any ideas what could be going on? Is this normal? Could she be dehydrated? I mist every other day or so & she has a big water bowl, but unlike my other tree snakes of superior intelligence, I never see her drinking from her coils or the bowl. What's up???





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