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Just my opinion, but I really don't feel that 2 jumbo rats a week would be power feeding for a snake of this size.

Another consideration is that the snakes haven't been fed in a while. Logically you'd want to bring them back onto food gradually to prevent undue organ stress.

They'd had their last meal just over a week before I got them but I don't know what sort of feeding schedule they were on.
Chloe
Ahh..I didn't know the snake's history. I agree on bringing them back up slowly. I was speaking of healthy, well ... rat a week for a while. Then move up to two, then jumbos, then rabbits, goats, stray neighborhood kids, etc..lol.

LOL! I like the sound of that Emotion: big smile
I know what you mean, Cindy! Mine is the same way. She gets 2 jumbos a week, and on occasion I'll add a third that's a bit smaller. I guess she's like me..loves to eat! LOL!

So how big is your Boa to be eating meals of that size?

I couldn't get hold of any jumbos this time so got large rats instead. The python ate two of these but the boa only got one. The reason being, he didn't seem at all interested in eating when I offered it to him with the forceps and actually backed away from it, so I left it in his enclosure with him and it was gone by the morning. Maybe he's used to just finding his prey in his enclosure rather than feeding by hand. The burm quite happily snatched it from me though lol!
Some pics of her eating can be seen in her album on my photo pages:

of dragons2003/my photos
Chloe
Another consideration is that the snakes haven't been fed in ... them back onto food gradually to prevent undue organ stress.

They'd had their last meal just over a week before I got them but I don't know what sort of feeding schedule they were on. Chloe

Ahh for some reason I thought it had been closer to a month with no food... whoops I've got other people's snake histories mixed up!! :-S

fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
I haven't tried to measure my Boa, but I would say she is in the neighborhood of 6-7 feet. She was only about 5 feet or a bit better when I got her at the end of the Summer. She is growing with lightning speed! I never feed any but the smallest snakes by hand..my Sand Boa for instance. With the Boa, I just lay her rats in the cage, and she waits til I back away, then she goes & checks things out. Awesome pics, by the way!
Roger
Some pics of her eating can be seen in her album on my photo pages: of dragons2003/my photos

Ok. So I obviously missed some important stuff while I was gone. Either that or I'm very confused. Chloe - wasn't it you who was uncomfortable handling snakes just a few short months ago? Where did these beautiful new beasts come from and how did you get up the nerve to take them?
Sorry if this is a recap for most, but I'm really curious.

-Z
Some pics of her eating can be seen in her album on my photo pages: of dragons2003/my photos

Ok. So I obviously missed some important stuff while I was gone. Either that or I'm very confused. Chloe - ... ago? Where did these beautiful new beasts come from and how did you get up the nerve to take them?

Well, Chloe has discovered she has a split personality. One persona is terrified of snakes, the other loves them. When it is time to handle her snakes, she tries to kick one persona out and switch to the other one.

Hmm. No. How about She got bit by a taipan and suffered no ill effects. Now, thinking she is invulnerable, she fears no snake whatsoever. Just wait 'til she gets her new fer-de-lances. :-)
All right, I'll stop. I don't remember the exact details, but she worked on overcoming her fear of handling her snakes and was able to overcome it. She got the big snakes from a couple friends who were moving to the states and could not bring them along at the time. Some snakes she is housing until such time as they can be sent overseas, but I believe one was given to her for doing them this favor. How's that, Chloe? Pretty close?

Scott
With the Boa, I just lay her rats in the cage, and she waits til I back away, then she goes & checks things out.

I think this is what I'll do with him in future when I feed him. I don't really like feeding snakes in their enclosure, apart from my hoggie, but he obviously seems to prefer that method. He seemed quite upset when I dangled the rat in front of his nose and just backed away from it.
Awesome pics, by the way!

Thanks Emotion: smile
Chloe
Some pics of her eating can be seen in her album on my photo pages: of dragons2003/my photos

Ok. So I obviously missed some important stuff while I was gone. Either that or I'm very confused. Chloe - wasn't it you who was uncomfortable handling snakes just a few short months ago?

Ermmm yes! Emotion: big smile
Where did these beautiful new beasts come from and how did you get up the nerve to take them?

Scott has pretty much got the story right, although the jury is still out as to whether I have a split personality LOL!
It was the baby Brazilian boa that initially helped me overcome my fear as he's just such a sweetie to handle. Then moving up to "proper" size snakes when I got the corns helped even more. Cyra, the female is such a wriggler so it was quite a challenge to get her to calm down while being held and I felt very pleased with myself that I achieved it.
Now the Burm and Boa I'd already met a few times so had a pretty good idea of their temperaments beforehand. They belonged to a couple of friends of mine, who have now been posted back to the States, but they hadn't got the CITES paperwork sorted out before they were due to leave so I was left in charge of them! Mike decided to give me his boa as a present (I don't think his new wife was over keen on him!) but Justin is supposed to be arranging to have the burm shipped over to him. However, I've not heard a thing from him yet so I have a sneaky suspicion he may have changed his mind and I'm gonna find myself lumbered with a young and growing burmese python 8-O
I can cope with her in the short term, although I'm gonna have to get a couple of much larger enclosures built as they're still in the same ones they had as babies, which are far too small now. She has an hour or so free roaming time in the evenings so she can stretch her body and move around and enjoys her time out. She's a real sweetie to handle and seems to enjoy the interaction so it's gonna be very tough on us when the time comes to rehome her.

I'm not sure when that will be as I don't know what their growth rate is. She's around 18mths old and is already 7ft long with a girth as thick as my upper arm. Once she gets too big for two of us to handle I'm afraid she's gonna have to go Emotion: sad
The boa is much more shy and spends most of his time hiding out in his igloo, although how he manages to squeeze himself into such a small space I have no idea! He's also very gentle to handle but does like to explore when he's out and can quickly get himself into trouble, squeezing into small spaces, if you don't watch him like a hawk LOL!
So there you have it ... I'm now a fully fledged snake owner and handler Emotion: big smile I can hardly believe that just 6 months ago my hands used to tremble and go sweaty at the thought of getting that tiny little hoggie out of his cage!!! Mind you he's always hated me and still does LOL!
Chloe
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