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Q: how often do snakes poop?
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i feed my RTB once a week. medium mouse for now.  i just fed her for the third time on thursday.  she has yet to poo that i know of.  and the only time she has pooped is when i give her a bath? can someone give me info on this and what im doing wrong or what needs to be done.

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Topics: General Health , Feeding , Digestive
Tags: Defecation, Digestive, Feeding
Species: Boas > Large Boas > Boa constrictor imperator
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Assisted Answer 6/5/2010 4:39:18 PM

it depends on the snake and what and how often it eats but if its only pooping in the bath is encloser might be to dry
Assisted Answer 6/5/2010 4:55:27 PM

Yes, it depends on the snake and how often it eats, and then as well as your husbandry and if it's sick or not. Your RTB, or Common Columbian, should be pooping once a week since their digestive system goes that fast, if it's healthy and husbandry is right. If it is only pooping in the bath, then your enclosure is way too dry and you need to increase the humidity. It is bad for BCI/BCC to hold their poop in for longer than weeks at a time.
Assisted Answer 6/5/2010 7:25:20 PM

I find it depends upon the snake, the age, the species, activity levels.  I have green tree python adults that poop about every 2 months.  Babies of course poop every week or more often than that depending upon the species. The colubrids have faster metabolisms and tend to go more often. My false water cobras poop all the time.  My ATB's go pretty often.  More than the green trees but less then the cornsnakes.  My copperhead goes weekly  or sometime after feeding.  I generally feed every 2 weeks or so.  If you have a snake that does not move around much, they also won't go as often.
Assisted Answer 6/6/2010 1:16:27 AM

how big is your boa by the way? Could be that your just feeding it too small and that it's barely getting a snack. I have my 3ft argentine boa eating a small rat once a week and he poops once a week, I try to let them poop before I feed them gain so they don't get backed up. Also if you don't have the proper heat on it it could be digesting alot slower. And humidity is always a must, if you don't have the right humidity you could have messy sheds and irregular bowel movements and if you have too much you mite have water blisters. And if you have it on some kind of bark bedding it could be deficting under a layer or 2 of the bark, so if you check throughout the bark you should find some feces. Anywho, hope this helps
Author Comment 6/6/2010 10:49:18 AM

my snake is about 3 and a half feet.  i know im supposed to be feeding her small rats but im just using up the last of the medium mice i have for her. she is on newspaper bedding. she has UTH and a heat lamp ( i broke her night uv light and need to get another)  i do my best to keep her humidity between 55 and 60 but sometimes it drops or raises for a few hours.  when i first got her she was real skinny and she is fimally filling in to her skin.. do you think that she might just be using up all she can from the food and not really have anything left to poop.
Member Comment 6/6/2010 10:49:33 AM

hey look on the bright side.... garter snakes poop once or twice a day!! :)
Accepted Answer 6/6/2010 3:04:23 PM

It actually takes closer to 14 days for the larger boid species to digest even when they are smaller and if this one is recovering from being underfed then it is possible there may be nothing left to pass besides hair and very minimal waste. It only defecating in the tub also indicates it could be a little dehydrated as well and may need that extra water to move things along. It seems to me that you have only had this animal for a short time and it is still in recuperation. If hats true you may not start seeing regular bowel movements for a couple months while its system is rebuilding itself and adjusting to regular feedings. I would just keep offering it regular moderate sized meals and be sure to keep plenty of water available in a big enough dish that it can partially submerge if it wants and just wait and see. If the issue continues there could be impaction which is not to difficult to deal with at home or parasites in which case you need a fecal and a trip to the vet for proper treatment.
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