The boa with the "crush" injury is now fully recovered and ate a jumbo rat last night Emotion: smile
I had all my snakes probed at the weekend and got a few surprises!!!

The Burmese Python, previously believed to be female, is actually a male!!! This is fantastic news for me as it increases the chances of me being able to keep him now, as he won't grow anywhere near as big as initially feared.

My Red-tail Boa, thought to be male, is actually female now but I'm not too bothered about that.
Whilst on the subject of boas, I've heard it mentioned that another way to distinguish between common and red-tails is the line on their heads from eye to eye, which forms a cross with the longitudal line from their nose. The ones with this extra line are supposed to be commons, and if it is absent then they are true red-tails. Has anyone else heard of this and how reliable is this to determine which type of boa you have? I've heard of counting the saddles as an indicator, but this is a new one on me!

So, back to sexing ... Noodle, my baby Brazilian Rainbow boa, is male Emotion: smile)

The rosy was still too small to probe without possibly risking harming her, so we left that one till another time, and the corns I already know now as I saw the normal one laying her eggs!
I'm having great problems now referring to the burm and boa by their appropriate gender, as I'm so used to calling them the opposite way round LOL!
And just to complete the updates ... my sunglow male has been AWOL from his tank almost 2 weeks now, which is the longest he's ever been out, plus I was away for a week during his absence so have absolutely no idea where he is. A tell-tale pile of poo behind the TV indicates he's still around but the mouse I put down for him 2 nights ago remains untouched ... well by him anyway, but the cats seem to think it's a great plaything! Emotion: big smile

Also, my rosy boa has refused her last few meals (has eaten 3 times since I got her 6 weeks ago) so it's almost a month since she last ate. I've tried a few different methods - heating the pinkie, braining it, dangling it, leaving her in a tub overnight with it, etc - but I'm starting to become concerned now and don't really want to go down the forcefeeding route with her. Should I wait a bit longer and keep trying or should I try to forcefeed her now?
I thinks that's everything for now Emotion: smile
Chloe
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: The boa with the "crush" injury is now fully recovered and ate a : jumbo rat last night Emotion: smile
Fantastic, so I will get to meet it eventually. :-)

: I had all my snakes probed at the weekend and got a few surprises!!!

I bet they did too!!
: The Burmese Python, previously believed to be female, is actually a : male!!! This is fantastic news for me as it increases the chances of : me being able to keep him now, as he won't grow anywhere near as big : as initially feared.
Cool. :-)
: My Red-tail Boa, thought to be male, is actually female now but I'm : not too bothered about that.
They don't grow quite as big as most though do they?

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: So, back to sexing ... Noodle, my baby Brazilian Rainbow boa, is : male Emotion: smile)
He's faar too nice to be a chap snake! ;-)
: The rosy was still too small to probe without possibly risking : harming her, so we left that one till another time, and the corns I : already know now as I saw the normal one laying her eggs!

How are the eggs? You'll have to keep me informed as I've kept Kellogg out of the big KritterKeeper so it's available for a baby corn (or two depending on finances :-) )
: I'm having great problems now referring to the burm and boa by their : appropriate gender, as I'm so used to calling them the opposite way : round LOL!
: And just to complete the updates ... my sunglow male has been AWOL : from his tank almost 2 weeks now, which is the longest he's ever : been out, plus I was away for a week during his absence so have : absolutely no idea where he is. A tell-tale pile of poo behind the : TV indicates he's still around but the mouse I put down for him 2 : nights ago remains untouched ... well by him anyway, but the cats : seem to think it's a great plaything! Emotion: big smile
Aww, I do hope you find him, or he finds you. :-)
: Also, my rosy boa has refused her last few meals (has eaten 3 times : since I got her 6 weeks ago) so it's almost a month since she last : ate. I've tried a few different methods - heating the pinkie, : braining it, dangling it, leaving her in a tub overnight with it, : etc - but I'm starting to become concerned now and don't really want : to go down the forcefeeding route with her. Should I wait a bit : longer and keep trying or should I try to forcefeed her now?

I'm having the same dilemma at the moment, Yellow the Royal python is eating like a trooper. 3 medium mice in the last 6 weeks. :-) but Green hasn't eaten since the 12th Feb, he's now looking thin and I've tried all the same stuff you have with no results. Can you just pop open a snakes mouth and stuff a pinkie in there? It sure would help if you could. Let me know if anything specific works for you and I'll try that too.

: I think that's everything for now Emotion: smile
: Chloe

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The boa with the "crush" injury is now fully recovered and ate a jumbo rat last night Emotion: smile

thats good to hear
I had all my snakes probed at the weekend and got a few surprises!!! The Burmese Python, previously believed to ... bit longer and keep trying or should I try toforcefeed her now? I thinks that's everything for now Emotion: smile Chloe

Next time your out and about you must pop up, i still dont get visitors, although i met someone here who was at Johns TSS last week, a yank chick, forgot her name here, quite pretty.
Also, my rosy boa has refused her last few meals (has eaten 3 times since I got her 6 weeks ... route with her. Should I wait a bit longer and keep trying or should I try to forcefeed her now?

I have a Mexican rosy that WILL NOT eat thawed pinkies. I feed live ones, not worth starving the snake.
Cindy
distinguish between common and red-tails

I have heard this argument for years! What is a "true" Redtail? There are many color variations, from the dark Mexican Boas, to the beautiful South American variations. But a "true" Redtail? See all of the above. If it is a "Boa constrictor constrictor" then it is a Redtail. Period. Regardless of how many lines it has on it's head, or how many saddles it has on it's back. People usually call the prettiest Boa's true Redtails, and tack a higher price on them.
Just one old fart's opinion, of course.
Roger
Whilst on the subject of boas, I've heard it mentioned that another way to distinguish between common and red-tails is ... of boa you have? I've heard of countingthe saddles as an indicator, but this is a new one on me!

It is extremely difficult to distinguish most boa species-which is why if you want a true red-tail, get one from someone who has locality-based animals. Emotion: sad
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Also, my rosy boa has refused her last few meals (has eaten 3 times sinceI got her 6 weeks ago) ... forcefeeding route with her. Should I wait a bit longer and keep trying or should I try toforcefeed her now?

Try cooling her for 3 months. There's instructions for cooling on most rosy boa care sheets. I still have 2 '03 el rosarios who have not eaten on their own for me. Emotion: sad Even with cooling.
-cat
Fantastic, so I will get to meet it eventually. :-)

Of course Emotion: smile
I bet they did too!!

Let's just say there was a fair bit of squirming going on LOL!
They don't grow quite as big as most though do they?

She'll probably reach a max of 8ft, but she's still a very powerful snake even now.
He's faar too nice to be a chap snake! ;-)

I know, such a beauty Emotion: smile It's funny tho that I've always referred to him as a "him" too!
How are the eggs? You'll have to keep me informed as I've kept Kellogg out of the big KritterKeeper so it's available for a baby corn (or two depending on finances :-) )

The funny shaped one has gone all manky, which I suspected it would, but the other 6 all look perfectly fine Emotion: smile ... so fingers crossed! Due date is anytime from 1st May Emotion: smile
Aww, I do hope you find him, or he finds you. :-)

I'm pretty certain he'll turn up eventually so I'm not too worried. Last time he was curled inside one of my trainers LOL!
I'm having the same dilemma at the moment, Yellow the Royal python is eating like a trooper. 3 medium mice ... since the 12th Feb, he's now looking thin and I've tried all the same stuff you have with no results.

This is what puts me off keeping these snakes as they're notoriously bad eaters :\
Can you just pop open a snakes mouth and stuff a pinkie in there? It sure would help if you could.

It might just cause more stress him, unless he's actually at the point of starvation that it's necessary to force feed for him to survive. I find a good article earlier:
http://www.applegatereptiles.com/articles/feedingbabysnakes.htm

Good luck!
Chloe
Also, my rosy boa has refused her last few meals ... keep trying or should I try to forcefeed her now?

I have a Mexican rosy that WILL NOT eat thawed pinkies. I feed live ones, not worth starving the snake.

Unfortunately I don't have access to any live pinkies, and I'm not about to buy breeding mice just to get any! Emotion: wink
Chloe
Also, my rosy boa has refused her last few meals ... keep trying or should I try to forcefeed her now?

Try cooling her for 3 months. There's instructions for cooling on most rosy boa care sheets. I still have 2 '03 el rosarios who have not eaten on their own for me. Emotion: sad Even with cooling.

Thanks cat! I may just try that if she refuses her next feed. At least I know she won't be losing weight while she's cooled off anyway Emotion: smile
Chloe
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