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 My red tail boa:)

This is lesner and he is 4-5 months away to being a year old. Its the first 8 that are the ones I took today.

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11/16/10  01:16pm

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 My red tail boa:)

The pic starts at number 8, so click previous till you hit 1.



11/16/10  01:18pm

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2187857


 My red tail boa:)

He looks a bit dehydrated....and he’s apparently had a bad shed, what’s the humidity of his enclosure? What are his cage temps?

You will want to put some triple antibiotic cream (like Neosporin) on the bad skin patches.

Amie



11/19/10  06:26am

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  Message To: Bciaddict   In reference to Message Id: 2188477


 My red tail boa:)

Im at work and the images wont resize for me.
Wierd.

They do need 55% humidity regularly and bumped up to 75% during shed cycle.



11/19/10  12:49pm

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  Message To: Fairy Frog Mother   In reference to Message Id: 2188503


 My red tail boa:)

A cold front hit Texas like a ton of bricks and missed up everything, but right now I have everything the way it is suppose to be,and the shed is coming of nicely now. I don’t see where you think he is dehydrated, but I will examine him closely next time I clean his en closer.



11/19/10  01:36pm

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2188510


 My red tail boa:)

Most bad sheds are due to lack of humidity and dehydration in the snake. If your humidity is regularly under 55% it causes the snake to be deyhydrated. Also the scales dimple in and they dont have that rainbow sheen when they are dehydrated.

Misting the tank or adding a moist hide with damp spagnem moss in it helps, as does covering 2/3 to 3/4 of any screen top you have to hold most of the humidity in.



11/19/10  01:41pm

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  Message To: Fairy Frog Mother   In reference to Message Id: 2188512


 My red tail boa:)

I understand what you are saying. Just checked the humidity again just to make sure, and it is at 56. This is his first bad shed he has ever had, and he might be dehydrated though but it is freezing here in Texas so he as not been in his water bowl to take a good soak like he normally does. Is there any way I can heat is water up to a good temperature so that he can soak?



11/19/10  01:50pm

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2188516


 My red tail boa:)

You can put it partially over the heater or under the lamp. It will need to be filled more often.
I mist my snakes once a day, and have a damp cool side hide and dry warm side hide, with the water on the warm side of the tank. The water is changed every other day.

I no longer have screen tops for them, and I use coconut hull fiber, which is great. Soon as it dries out and my humidity begins to lower...I know its time to change the tank.



11/19/10  04:07pm

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  Message To: Fairy Frog Mother   In reference to Message Id: 2188548


 My red tail boa:)

That’s what I am going to start doing, because I heated the water to about 75 degrees and he loved it. I will switch to the coconut hull fiber when I change his cage. Thank you for all the help. I was looking at some of our earlier post and one of the boas I seen that you have has the same what you guys call rainbow tint. What does this mean cause he has always had a shiny tint to his skin?



11/19/10  04:13pm

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2188510


 My red tail boa:)

I am basing my opinion that it’s dehydrated by the fact that I see wrinkled skin by in the neck area....and by the white patches that I see in the neck and head area. The white patches are exposed skin (if you see red, it’s exposed muscle) and need to be treated.

Wrinkles at the neck can be an indication that it’s shedding but seeing the white patches tells me that it’s had a bad shed recently. The humidity needs to be increased.

Amie



11/19/10  06:36pm

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  Message To: Bciaddict   In reference to Message Id: 2188581


 My red tail boa:)

All of the old skin has been removed. bciaddict I got a question for you. You said

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if you see red, it’s exposed muscle



He is an red tail boa and the only red on him is his at the base of his body, so what do you mean by that?

And this might sound weird, but the white patch on his head is part of his pattern! I thought it was old skin as well but it is not.



11/19/10  07:07pm

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2188586


 My red tail boa:)

She means red between scales not the tail saddles/blotches the scales like seperate or something similar and exposes underlying muscle



11/19/10  07:52pm

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  Message To: Serpentshideaway   In reference to Message Id: 2188593


 My red tail boa:)

So if that muscle shows it is not a good thing?



11/20/10  12:37am

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2188632


 My red tail boa:)

definately not a good thing.

OOh didnt know bout the white scales. Lael got a couple of them. Her tank has been unusually dry and Ive had to mist twice a day. Got some more moss for her hide, but she had two white scales. Now I know why. Thank you Amie! Winter at my place is FANTASTIC for drying herbs. And skin...heat and wood make for a nice NON humid environment. I have a humidifier. Time to run it more



11/20/10  09:24am

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2188586


 My red tail boa:)

The white patch is not normal. It’s unpigmented skin. Something happened during a shed that caused this. I have had a few boas do the same thing over the years. It can be related to low humidity and the boa rubbing hard to get the old skin off. In which case, the humidity needs to be bumped up, and the color should return to those spots in the next shed.

Some other people have speculated that it could be either a bacterial or fungal infection of the skin. I don’t know about that.

When I said, ’if you see red, it’s exposed muscle’ I meant if there is red in the white patches. Sometimes boas will rub so hard that the create an open sore.

Amie



11/21/10  02:19pm

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  Message To: Bciaddict   In reference to Message Id: 2188826


 My red tail boa:)

Ok the muscle line is gone:) and no more left over shed is on him. I found out that he will be a year in 2 months, so at 10 months he is at 4 ft 6in (just measured him).



11/30/10  02:15pm

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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2190219


 My red tail boa:)

I take that back he is right at the 4ft marker.



11/30/10  02:31pm


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