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toleary 03-05-2012 11:32 PM

Need help
I got a red tailed boa about a month ago and I am having the most trouble keeping it humid in the tank. I have a water dish in there and half the tank is covered. Have aspen bedding. Right now I am having to spray the tank down a few times a day to keep it humid enough for the snake to shed. Any suggestions on how to keep it more humid?

lovesnuffles 03-06-2012 12:51 AM

It doesn't need to be that humid. I don't even worry about the humidity in my boas' cages and they do just fine. Unless it starts having a problem shedding, then buy a little spray bottle and mist the cage down daily.

toleary 03-06-2012 01:15 AM

That is good to know. When I first got him he hadnt shed completely and it was coming off in small pieces.

Bluerain 03-06-2012 02:14 PM

I only up the humidity when my wee guy is about to shed too, rest of time hes absoloutly fine ;-)

DBG 03-06-2012 04:25 PM

Aspen doesn't absorb humidity as cypress mulch does so a change in bedding may help. I have a screen top for Storm and have never ha dissues with hmidity since I have placed the towel over half of it to retain humidity while the other side has the heat lamp. I also have the water dish on the hot side to help maintain humidity. I havne't had too much trouble since I have changed some of my husbandry to deal with tis. I h ave had poor sheds in the past but lately, hasn't been too much of a problem.

And DO live in humid climate so you probalby don't need to do much anyway :D Unlike me out in the high desert of the Rockies...

WiccanWolf88 03-06-2012 05:52 PM

I really don't worry about the humidity either until Lucy is showing Blue. I find that when I refill the water dish it is pretty much good enough. Right now, I'm waiting on her pooping before I feed her again. She'll be hungry then. :D

WiccanWolf88 03-06-2012 05:54 PM

And Lucy seems to like the Aspen bedding. When she has issues shedding, she'll let me run her under the bathroom tap and help her a bit.

DBG 03-06-2012 06:16 PM

I often put Storm in her swimming pool and let her soak for 30 mins when she's about to shed or I know she's getting close. That helps alot with shed issues.

lovesnuffles 03-06-2012 07:16 PM

That's true 8] but Oklahoma isn't all that dry, is it? :P

toleary 03-06-2012 08:16 PM

how often does snake poo? I have read that is depends on the snake, I would rather get yalls opinion rather then the internet.

lovesnuffles 03-06-2012 10:29 PM

It does depend. Younger snakes will have a faster metabolism than older snakes. If you have a baby, it should poop about every week or so. An older snake will take longer.

toleary 03-06-2012 11:26 PM

this friday will be feeding number 4 since i got him..feed him every week and he hasnt deficated or anything since i have had him.

lovesnuffles 03-07-2012 03:09 AM

You may wanna stop feeding him if he hasn't gone to the bathroom yet. Feel his belly just above his tail to see if you can feel anything hard inside of him. He may be impacted :( Did he come from a pet store? Almost every single snake I've gotten from a pet store has been impacted :/ ... I don't know what the deal is.

toleary 03-07-2012 05:51 AM

Yes I did, I will skip his feeding friday. What should I do if he doesnt deficate soon?

toleary 03-07-2012 05:53 AM

I didnt feel anything felt the last 3-4 inches off his tail and didnt feel anything hard

lovesnuffles 03-07-2012 03:42 PM

Give him a warm soak. That usually does it. Not too warm. Just add enough hot water to take the sting of the cold out.

toleary 03-07-2012 06:47 PM

alright will give it a try. Thank you for you help! :)

lovesnuffles 03-07-2012 06:50 PM

No problem :)

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