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Q: Baby Boas With Diarrhea!!HELP!!
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 My new baby Cental American Boas have been having diarrhea from the time I bought them... Is it common for baby snakes to have this problem? are they going to be ok? There are no vets around where I live that deal with Snakes They are both strong and eat very well and growing fast. All I'm using for substrate is paper 1 heat lamp and heat pad temp is fine mid 80s.

Points: 250
Topics: General Health , Digestive
Tags: Baby, Boa, Diarrhea, Help, Sick
Species: Boas > Large Boas > Boa constrictor imperator
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Member Comment 10/7/2008 7:40:57 AM

What are you feeding it?
Member Comment 10/7/2008 9:38:01 AM

So the stool is completely soft.....or are there hard turds inside the mud puddles......It could be poo and pee mixed together...esp if they get handled frequently.......Do they look dehydrated?????? and like ladydragon said what food????
Assisted Answer 10/7/2008 9:46:56 AM

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much. I've heard that it has alot to do with the type of food they are being fed. If they are fed hairless (or nearly hairless) meals, then there's not as much "roughage" to make their poo very sturdy: thus, resulting in squishy, diarrhea-looking feces. My babies, and even some of my yearlings, have squishy poo until they start eating fuzzy mice, which makes their poo firm every time. As long as they are acting normal, getting plenty of water, and do not look dehydrated, they should be just fine.
Author Comment 10/7/2008 2:12:50 PM

They were eating pinky rats but I just switched them over to Hoppers like a week ago, and their stool was completely soft. also they always have a fresh supply of water.
Accepted Answer 10/7/2008 3:31:51 PM

one reason a very young snake might have soft/liquid stool is that they have very little solid waste as they use most of the fat and nutrients from the food. Especially with pinkies as Jbt says there is less roughage. But even with hoppers I wouldnt expect to see formed poop right away as the baby is still using up a large amount of available material in its food. Its kind of like a newborn human, they have less waste from what they eat so they dont have solid defecation the first months of life. This can also happen to malnurished snakes.
Member Comment 10/8/2008 9:37:24 PM

I find babies of all species tend to have a more watery poop then the adults or older snakes.  Why this is...who knows?  Could be any of the reasons above that many listed here.  I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Member Comment 11/28/2011 9:16:54 PM

Big Sarge

Marshall you said that they are "new" boas and have had diarrhea every since you acquired them. What do you know of the origin/source of the snakes? Where they wild caught or captive bred? Wild caught snakes can harbor parasites that can cause diarrhea. My only experience with new snakes having diarrhea were ones that were wild caught. Althought you may not have a vet that specializes in reptiles, I recommend that you take it in to a vet with a stool sample to be tested anyway. It is probably nothing to worry about like the others have commented, but it is always cool to be on the safe side.

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