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Q: greenish mucus excreated from my red tail boa
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My Redtail Boa contrictor a few days ago excreated a greenish yellow mucus string kindas like a booger. she hasnt eaten in four weeks. i was told mabey it could be a upper respitory infection. if anyone can help that would be great. the tanks around 85 degrees all the time with a heating pad and a 150watt uv bulb. shes been really active but wont eat.

Points: 150
Topics: General Health , Respiratory , Feeding
Tags: Bci, Illness, Infection, Mucus, Respiratory
Species: Boas > Large Boas > Boa constrictor imperator
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Assisted Answer 12/28/2009 11:34:42 AM

I know there are contradictory opinions on this, but I have had bad experiences attempting to feed animals who are having respiratory trouble, or even just getting over an infection.  A male carpet I have relapsed immediately after a meal which I waited 2 seemingly healthy weaks after being treated and no symptoms.  So, now I don't feed my animals if they are acting funky.  To each his (her) own though.
Assisted Answer 12/28/2009 12:07:52 PM

i agree with the feeding relapsing comment especially animals that are given antibiotics orally.  there are a lot of good things antibiotics kill as well as the bad.  in reptiles it takes A LONG time for these to build back up.  when i had burmese i had issues with just this situation.

i may get beaten up over this, but i have always use this rule of thumb and have never had any issues.

ive always waited the length of time they would have normally taken 10 meals after given medications.

if they eat every 5 days then i wouldnt feed for 50 days.  if they eat every 14 days like my adult chondros its just over 4 months before i feed again.

if the animal is otherwise healthy when you start noticing symptoms there is no reason why they cannot go this long without feeding. 
Accepted Answer 12/28/2009 3:27:42 PM

a uv bulb?  is it on 24/7?

I'd think for an rtb you'd want a constant basking spot somewhere in the tank between 90 and 95. do you have a thermometer to verify temps? a drop of even 5 or 10 degrees in the winter months can absolutely contribute to RIs, especially if she's anywhere near a draft.

the vet's always the best choice; mucuos is not supposed to come out of your snake. however, even before you make an appointment, I'd bump all the temps because this will bump her immune response, too. if you don't have a thermometer, please get one!
Member Comment 12/28/2009 5:39:21 PM

Author Comment 12/28/2009 8:27:38 PM

thank all of you guys im still keeping a good eye on her i havent seen any more mucus i will be sending her to the vet for a culture when i get the money. iv just havent been ableto work for 2 months or elsei would of thank you guys. :)
Member Comment 12/29/2009 12:01:38 AM

if you have to wait to take her, def. up temps 10 degrees! 

I sure hope she comes out ok.
Member Comment 12/29/2009 12:24:45 AM

Eli, can you specify how this mucus was excreted?  Are you talking about a substance from the mouth or from the vent?  I honestly read your initial post and thought you were talking about something excreted from the south end of a northbound animal.

I definitely agree with the advice you have gotten thus far.  Keep us updated & let us know how she's doing!
Assisted Answer 12/29/2009 2:32:08 PM

I agree that taking a mucus sample is your best bet at this point. Or even a fecal if you can't get another mucus. If you aren't hearing wheezing or noticing other symptoms it could still be a bacterial gut issue and require treatment.
Member Comment 12/31/2009 12:29:14 AM

Philly Retics
It sounds like early URI to me but your description is kind of vauge. I can help but you must answer these questions. 1- what kind of enclosure in the boa in and how big is it ? 2- what is the humidity in the cage ? 3- Does the boa breath with it's mouth open or have you heard or seen it "cough"
Author Comment 1/2/2010 8:57:38 PM

shes been acting fine now i havent tryed to feed her yet. she hasnt eaten for four weeks. so im hopeing to get her fed if she doesnt eat idk what to do then.
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