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Q: New Kenyan sand boa wont poo
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Andy Hauck

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I purchased a Kenyan sand boa around two weeks ago. It has been feeding on pinky mice without any trouble but it hasn't gone to the bathroom since i have gotten it. Should i take him for a trip to the vet, or a give him a warm bath or is this normal for new snakes?

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Topics: General Health , Feeding
Species: Boas > Small Boas > Gongylophis colubrinus
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Member Comment 1/8/2017 11:57:44 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles

How big is he? What substrate are you using? What temperatures are the hot spot and ambient?

Author Comment 1/8/2017 12:07:39 PM

Andy Hauck
He is around 10 inches long. The substrate is aspen bedding. The hot spot stays between 90-95 and cools down to around 72-75 on the cool ens
Member Comment 1/9/2017 7:58:50 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles

How old is he? How much does he weigh? Wondering if the pinky is large enough prey and if that may be the reason you're not seeing a defecation. Does it leave a bulge in him after eating?

Author Comment 1/9/2017 9:08:36 AM

Andy Hauck
He is 4 months old. He weighs 16 grams. And the pinky mice leave a small bulge .
Accepted Answer 1/9/2017 11:05:10 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles

I am surprised that he's already 16 grams at 4 months old since the hatchlings I've had born here have only been 7 or 8 grams at birth and that seems quick to double in weight. Maybe he is holding onto a bunch?

Are you seeing urates being passed? 

I have found mine do best with a cool side / ambient of 78-80F and the hot spot at 88-90F. Perhaps increasing the ambinet temp would help with defecation. Soaking in a shallow amt of water won't hurt, either. He'll likely swim around some and the movement might stimulate him to go.

Author Comment 1/9/2017 11:32:22 AM

Andy Hauck
Awesome, thanks for the help. I have extra heat lamps and will be sure to add them as soon as I get home. O
Member Comment 1/9/2017 11:34:07 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles

You're welcome. Are you currently using a glass tank with a screen top? How are you currently heating? Does he have belly heat?

Author Comment 1/9/2017 11:39:38 AM

Andy Hauck
I have him in a five gallon tank with a screen top. I am using a heating pad and he does have belly heat
Member Comment 1/9/2017 12:44:13 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Before you put a light on the top, try to cover the majority of the screen top with perhaps something like a piece of plexi to trap some of the heat in and see how that effects the temps. Bulbs can be drying, so I try to avoid using them if there's an alternative. Also, are you using a thermostat, rheostat, or dimmer to regulate the heat from the heat pad?

Author Comment 1/9/2017 12:48:19 PM

Andy Hauck
Ok I have a bunch of spare acrylic so I will try that I do not currently have a thermostat but one is coming that I ordered from Amazon.
Member Comment 1/9/2017 12:58:35 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Wonderful to hear you have a T-stat on order. Smile

I typically cut the plexi / acrylic to a size that leaves approx an inch on each end of the screen exposed so that there's still nice airflow.

Author Comment 1/9/2017 1:04:14 PM

Andy Hauck
Sounds good
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