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Got my first snake!

Post by Pickles on Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:33 pm

Hi guys havent been on here in a while due to a lack of free time with college.. but Im sure Ill be on here loads now because I've gotten my first snake! She's an 8 month old common boa and shes beautiful! I'll post pictures when I get some decent ones. She was starting to shed when I bought her and was in with another boa whos colours were a bit nicer but she had such a lovely temperment and was so friendly I had to have her! I know common boas get quite big but thats not a problem I'll be prepared when it comes to it. I took her out for a bit when I got home from work and shes been exploring her viv for the last few hours since I put her back. I think she might get the scent of my hamster in the air and be hungry because she looks like shes trying to find a way out to get to him.

I have a hide with damp moss in it a small water bowl and a container of water big enough for her to sit in and the viv has the right temps and humidity so hopefully her shed goes well. Any extra tips or advice are welcome!

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Post by Phil on Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:30 am

Just be careful using hide boxes with damp moss as I have seen so many boas with skin rot due to them being kept to wet. far better just to give the viv a bit of a spray once a day when coming up to a shed.

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Post by Pickles on Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:20 am

Thanks for the advice Ill take the damp moss out.. she hasnt been using that hide anyway. Shed seems to be going well I've sprayed the viv and I've spotted her taking dips in her water bowl. She seems to be quite smart she tries to push the glass doors open and she's very curious poking around everything in her viv and climbing up branches.

Ill have a look at that caresheet and see if I can get a copy of that book. Very Happy

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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by Pickles on Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:46 am

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A few pics of her! (She still has a bit to shed around her eye).

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Post by hudsy13 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:47 pm

"she still has a bit to shed around her eye" has she got eye caps? if so you will have to get them of asap, as they could lead to alot of problems like infections or blindness,
to get the caps of put the snake in warm water for 30mins take her out if she still has the caps on, (my method) cotton bud, dip it in warm water gently rub the eye cap until it comes of...if she aint got eyecaps, just simply ingore this
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Post by hudsy13 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:48 pm

oh nice boa, do you know its locality? it looks quite pale, but still a nice boa
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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by JoeR on Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:05 pm

She's so cute!!!!
Congrats !
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Post by trunx on Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:32 am

very nice mate. ive never took eye caps of the first time, up the humidity next time it sheds and they should come off themselves. ...........
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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by Pickles on Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:50 am

The eye caps have come off since I took her home... I'd say it wasn't humid enough in the tub she was in in the pet shop because they were still on when I got her an the tub seemed quite dry. I know her colouring isn't the best but her temperment won me over even in shed with her eye caps on she was so friendly and loves exploring. I fed her for the first time last night it was amazing seeing her eat. I know you cant handle them for a few days after they eat but if you feed them in a seperate tub is it ok to lift them from the tub back to the viv or is there a less stressful way for them?

Heres a pic of her first feed from me (she took it from the tail but turned it around and swallowed from the head).

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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by Pickles on Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:51 am

Oooh and thanks for the advice and compliments!

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Post by Phil on Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:48 pm

she looks to be a hog island cross. very nice.
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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by Pickles on Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:20 pm

I'm not sure what locality she is I was just told she's a common boa. I find all the different types of boas and localities very confusing tbh but I'll ask the shop if they know more when I go back.

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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by Tan on Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:51 am

YAY! You got a Boa!! So how are you finding her now?

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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by Pickles on Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:53 am

She's great she has a lovely temperment and loves her food. I'm really happy with her. Have some problems with a retained eye cap that she's had since before I got her but I brought her into ben in reptile haven and he said I can bring her back in after a good long soak and he'll sort it out for me. So I'll be doing that this week. Very Happy I'm delighted with her overall!

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Re: Got my first snake!

Post by Choobaine on Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:12 pm

Lovely boa, hope it has a long, happy and healthy life with you :)

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