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    Thread: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

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      Default Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      So umm i wasnt sure where to put this post so i am sorry if its in the wrong place.

      Today wile i was cleaning my Boas watering dish i looked in and saw what appears to be a tooth.... im not perfectly clear if its a tooth but it defanatly looks like one. I was not aware that boas ever spit out a tooth Has anyone else ever heard of or come across a tooth in the Boas encloser? any feed back will be usefull, She doesnt seem like shes sick eats fine , roams around her 8 foot paridice and doesnt seem any more headshy then normal indicating pain or anything wrong .... anything shy of counting her rows of teeth doesnt seem to be anything wrong other then the fact i found a tooth.

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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      Well now you've done it! You'll have to get her a partial denture made to chew her food. (no, I'm kidding, LOL) Don't worry about it, & DON'T try to count the teeth she has left! She wouldn't like it much.

      She might have knocked it loose when she last fed or else she struck at motion outside her cage & hit her face on the glass or acrylic...it would be unusual for any problem (like an infection) to happen from this.
      (though you never want to tease a snake into hitting their face on the cage, & if you have kids, make sure they don't do that, because repeated trauma really could lead to a problem) I would suggest that you
      watch for any facial swellings (or a lack of symmetry) as that could indicate an abscess...but in all likelihood, you have nothing to worry about.

      (I'm puzzled as to why you're not sure it's a tooth though...didn't you pick it up out of the water bowl?)
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      well yeah i did pick out out of the water bowl, its just in all my years have bener seen a snake tooth outside of there head befor, also the never strikes, Never struck glass a person and is evan a gental feeder. this is why im so puzzled. it was very shocking to find a tooth. i erm could try anf provide a pic if that helps anyone identify it as a tooth out not... but im pretty dam fure its a tooth it was hard and very sharp slightly curved
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      Sometimes they just drop teeth. Kinda like a gator. Not always a reason but it happens.

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      When you look at all the teeth snakes have, it's a wonder they don't drop more of them. You know people often have trouble when teeth come in too crowded & some must be removed. That's often the case with

      our "wisdom" teeth too. So the same thing likely occurs with snakes...some of their many teeth are too close together & eventually, a few of them get crowded out. I think that's what you found...and it probably

      happens more often than you realize & those tiny lost teeth aren't noticed in their substrate. Water bowls make it easier to "find" such things, as things get washed out of their mouth as they drink. I've also found

      tongue-sheds in water bowls from rattlesnakes I used to keep: who knew they shed the skin* on their tongue tips? -but they do! The more you pay attention, the more interesting things you learn. (*checked under

      magnification, they were the precise size & shape of their tongue tips...but had they not had black tongues, which made the skin show up better in the water or on the glass nearby, I wouldn't have seen them either.

      And for all I know, maybe they periodically shed more than just the tips of their tongues, but the rest goes down with a meal.)
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      I've found teeth in cages and water bowls... it happens. Nothing to really worry about
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      ah thanx guys , this helps alot. ive had reptiles over 10 years and this was a first for me so when i saw it i was like .... IS THAT A TOOTH?!
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      Keep it. I know people with snake tooth jars full of them.

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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      My first impulse was to tell you to put it under your boa's pillow for the tooth fairy.
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      Quote Originally Posted by acephantom903 View Post
      Keep it. I know people with snake tooth jars full of them.
      Oh really?thats a super huge relief knowing that this is perfectly normal.... maybe theres always been teeth and i just never noticed befor now
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      The people I know have 40+ animals and one has been keeping for 30 years or so. It isn't often but it isn't rare.
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      Quote Originally Posted by acephantom903 View Post
      Keep it. I know people with snake tooth jars full of them.
      People with jars full of snake teeth are what's rare...not the teeth themselves, hahaha!
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      Default Re: Redtail boa teeth, not sure?

      Shedding teeth is actually pretty common. Generally every other tooth is solidly fastened to the jaw bone while the next is loosening and getting ready for replacement. There are several replacement sets in different stages of maturity at the same time.

      Link to picture of snake skull = http://educationalbiofacts.com/i/sku...n-venomous.jpg
      If you look closely at the front of the right lower jaw in the picture, you can see that the second tooth is loose and nearly ready to fall out.

      Most teeth fall out while the snake is eating a rodent. The rodent gets digested but the shed tooth passes on out in the feces. If you want to see more, collect the feces, soak them in water, break them up, and rinse to get rid of the less dense parts. Don't expect any in the first set of feces, but there ought to be several within a month or so.
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      Quote Originally Posted by paulh View Post
      .... If you want to see more, collect the feces, soak them in water, break them up, and rinse to get rid of the less dense parts. Don't expect any in the first set of feces, but there ought to be several within a month or so.
      Besides people with jars of snake teeth, the OTHER rare thing is people playing with their snake's feces.... just saying...giggles!
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