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  • [Defecation] Not Pooping

    I purchased a female Sharp about 6 weeks ago from a show and she has not pooped yet. She has had a sm F/T mouse every week and I`m nervous to feed her another till she poops. She is in a 30x12x12 tank and the levels in her cage are 56% humidity cool side of cage is low 80s hot side of cage is right around 90. She eats fine and looks very healthy so I am confused. I`ve had several boas and pythons and none have ever gone this long without pooping. I`ve soaked her several times now and still nothing. Any help or information is very appreciated so thanks in advance for everything.

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    Does she looked backed up? When I had my ball pythons this happened once in a while. Try giving her a luke warm bath for a while, don't make it too warm. The water should feel slightly warm to your touch. Any warmer and that means it would be too hot for her.

    If she is still feeding normally I would still offer her food on her usual schedule and watch her closely. If it is just constipation the warm bath may do the trick. Don't worry too much, snakes can hold it in longer than you think.

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    • #3
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      I go thru this with my burmese python, and he seems to poop every 2 months or so. I agree, continue the feeding once a week and keep an eye on her. For me the warm soaking usually work. But maybe if you post a photo near her vent area, we could help you more. But keep in mind snake can hold it and take in every inch of the food. I know it's weird but I experience this from my burmese too often and I use to freak out.. depending on the side near the vent there might be a vet appointment coming because it cause be blockage. But you never it could be constipation. So it's 50/50 but don't stop the feeding. Try doing a warm bath before feeding and 2 days after feeding, it works for me and maybe it will for you. After a month or so, your snake should poop. If not make a vet visit to make sure there is no blockage.
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      • #4
        Re: Not Pooping

        I will try to get a pic uploaded so that way you guys can take a look and see what you think. I`ve been doing the warm bath every day for about a week now. She looks like she ready to poop but just hasn`t yet. Thanks again for the help and everything!

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        • #5
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          Its not upload the pics for some reason but will keep trying

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          • #6
            Re: Not Pooping

            Since you are feeding "a small F/T mouse every week" please remember that the smaller rodents are mostly digestible...that is to say, there is less waste left over....so, it takes MUCH longer before the snake really needs
            to go. A snake that is truly constipated will look a bit bloated in the region above the cloaca. If you aren't seeing that, I'd just relax for now...constipation (and urate stones causing blockages) are NOT common in snakes.

            This is a very common concern among keepers with new young snakes. When boas (or other snakes) get larger & are eating larger rats, the bones are bigger, and there is lots of thick undigestible fur that serves to make the
            stools bulky. It takes many more "small mice" to get the same "result". Relax....

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