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    Thread: Red Tail Boa, How to tell if she is gravid

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      Default Red Tail Boa, How to tell if she is gravid

      Hi Guys

      I am new to this page, and have a question for those of you in the know.

      I have a Red Tail boa, she is around 7 years old and about 6 or 7 feet. I have been reading a numerous amount of posts on the breeding of these snakes, and none of them answer my question.

      How can I tell if she is gravid, I havent witnessed any ovulation periods as I have been traveling a lot of the past 6 months and I have had someone else monitoring them for me, but they just give them water and their meals. My honest feeling is that she could be gravid according to the way she is acting, but since I have never bred boas before I am not sure. She is much "fatter" than her usual size, her body shape is more of a round shape now and right up to her tail is fatter, the forehalf of her body doesnt seem to have changed much and still looks normal. She has been rather agressive. She still takes food, however a couple of months ago she did refuse food for a while. She doesnt climb much, infact I havent seen her climb anything in ages.
      So my question is other than the Ovulation period and shed, how else can I tell if she is gravid with any degree of certainty?? I can tell she should shed in the next few days if it makes any difference.

      Some help would be appreciated.

      Thanks Chris

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      Default Re: Red Tail Boa, How to tell if she is gravid

      hey chris, welcome to the forum!

      i'm bumping your thread up so more people will see it.

      if you didn't witness an ovulation or pre-ov swell it can be hard to tell.

      when was her last shed?

      is the male still in with her? if so, is he still actively courting?

      what is *her* temperature (not the hotspot or ambient temps, but her actual temp when shot with a temp gun)?

      and MOST importantly, do you have a baby-rack/tstat ready to go?

      and out of curiosity, what was the pairing?

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      Default Re: Red Tail Boa, How to tell if she is gravid

      Dangles covered almost everything. A fetal doppler can also be used to do an ultrasound. This will tell you whether she is preggo or not. However, they're fairly pricey so this would only be a good option if you're really serious about breeding boas.

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      Default Re: Red Tail Boa, How to tell if she is gravid

      A few signs, or helpful hints that a female is gravid are :

      > Staying on the warm side much more often

      > coiling up in the HCP , like she's piling herself on top of her own coils

      > a female who is normally a ferocious eater , often becomes a mellow, half-hearted eater - not striking like normal, and hardly coiling the meal, if at all.

      -- note: not all gravid Boas react in these ways .
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      Default Re: Red Tail Boa, How to tell if she is gravid

      I am by no means an expert and have only been breeding Boas since 05 but the following is what I've used over that period of time at my facility with my females. I too don't have the option to use an ultrasound haven't figurednout how to use a Doppler reader as it mistakenly provided me withn215 beats per minute on a pre go who to my surprise dropped amfull littermof 28 slugs. May need tomreadmthe manual again.

      Since I'm also too busy to monitor my females every movement and prefer to leave the breeders alone, I rely on a few indicators to determine breeding success. First is going into shed and lack or absence of male interest followed by a shed and constant body temperature of 87-89 degrees. Since my facility gets into the mid 80's once winter is sort of over, I can't always rely just on her sitting on the heat and prefer to temp her as my non prego females are never warmer then the coldest part of their cage. Within a few weeks, I see them spending more time on the heat and after POS the male looses all interest. Some females will continue to feed and others won't. I continue to attempt to feed a smaller meal then usual every 3 or so weeks until 6 weeks before expected delivery. This has worked out pretty accurate for me. My next step is to save up for an ultrasound but have contemplated the services of an ultrasound technician to come to my facility and sound my females to confirm my expectations and determine if they are carrying viable young, slugs or both. Hope that helps.

     

     

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