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patrickm
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PostSubject: Rescuing a Rosy   5/23/2011, 1:31 pm

A friend of mine owns a Rosy Boa that he didn't know how to take care. I've taken it off his hands before it dies. Apparently it has been kept at 60 degrees F or lower and hasn't eaten in 18 months (his claim, not sure if thats even possible). As you can see from the pictures, the snake has a bad shed and is very under fed. Its been very lethargic, and is always curled up like you can see. I would guess that the bad shed and poor temperature has to do with it.

Game plan is soak it in warm water with a couple drops of olive oil to assist the shed, and keep it 75 Degrees and up. Once thats done I'm gonna figure out what it will eat. Start with F/T Pinky, if that doesn't work try live, and if that fails try a night crawler.

If there any experts in the house I'd love some advice and input. Thanks!




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PostSubject: Re: Rescuing a Rosy   5/25/2011, 12:28 am

I was able to remove half of the bad shed last night. He soaked in warm water and a little olive oil for 10 minutes. Took a bit of scrubbing to get it half. The other half is being really difficult. Right now he is soaking in warm water. I'm gonna leave him there for an hour and try again tonight.

Does anyone know why he keeps himself curled up like this? I've never seen him fully straighten his body out. He's been laying in the water like this for the past 15 minutes not moving. Also, thats what he does when he is in his enclosure.


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PostSubject: Re: Rescuing a Rosy   5/25/2011, 12:31 am

He got wounds or something? Can you get it to eat?
Forcefeeding it chopped up meat through a tube or something?

An animal on its back is never a good thing.

Don't know anything about snakes, just some random questions...
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PostSubject: Re: Rescuing a Rosy   5/25/2011, 1:01 am

from personal snake experience, that positioning and inability to right him is generally a sign of a severe neurological disease, more often then not, fatal. it usually also does not allow the snake to eat (a reason he may not have eaten in a while). I would have him seen by a herp vet asap. They are supposed to stay around 82 degrees with humidity no more than 50%. best of luck.
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