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  • [Health-General] sad story....happy ending

    The story begins 4 years ago when i purchased this boa..she is a coral arabesque sunglow pos jungle born 5/23/11 this is her at 6 months old screaming with pink..she is pictured along side a kahl jungle sunglow





    Back in 2011 i began working a tons of hours...so much that i couldnt find time for my boas so i sadly decided to sell them...but didnt want to see the coral go..she was just an amazing boa in my eyes..i loved everything about her so i didnt sell her..instead i showed my 17yo nephew how to keep and care for boas and gave her to him along with a boaphile 421T, pro products heat panel, and a helix t-stat..he was set up good. He was told to return her to me at any time if he felt she was too much to handle..so to make a long story short he goes off to college, brings the coral with him, discovers the female body and 4 years later i almost killed him at the site of this..........2.5 months ago

    THIS BOA IS 4 YEARS OLD!


    To say i was furious is an understatement...rib cage showing throughout the body, spinal cord showing, just a flimsy weak mess..ive been keeping boas for over 20yrs and have experienced some health issues with these hardy boas..but this never...the fact that she is 4yrs old, smaller than a yearling and is still alive amazes me. Sad sad life she has lived but she will LIVE...in the 2.5 months ive had her back in my care shes eaten like....well...like she was hungry..lol..started her really slow with some rat pups for few meals..she ate her first small rat 5 days ago....shes strong, alert and active again..i think she going to be just fine...as of right now her ribs and spine arent showing anymore..shes gaining weight and HER COLOR IS COMING BACK!

    2 weeks ago

    She is currently in shed again..i will update once she gets naked...thanks for reading guys!
    PS: her head is starting coral up!

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    Oh man! I'm glad you got her back! Looking forward to seeing her flourish under your proper care / feeding schedule!

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    • #3
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      That is just such a heart-breaking story! and why, with very few exceptions, kids should not have pets...at least, not the sole responsibility for them. They aren't focused enough to trust, no matter how much they
      'want them' or how much they can & SHOULD learn about them. (it's also why I didn't like breeding snakes to sell...) I'm glad she's back in your hands...keep us posted.

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      • #4
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        That is a very sad story but I don't consider a 17 yo a kid. If a person can drive a car and fill up the gas tank 2-3 times a month then they can feed a snake properly too. I wonder if he totally lost interest in the snake, and if so, why didn't he say something? Or was he trying to keep the snake small, being in college (small apartment/dorm) and having a girlfriend? With women I have dated in the last year I notice a different reaction between a 2.5 ft boa (the size of mine a year ago) and a 4.5 ft boa (her size now). People can deal with a small yearling but a 4 year old 6+ ft snake makes the same people stay away.

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by littleb View Post
          That is a very sad story but I don't consider a 17 yo a kid.....
          Well, in many ways it is...in terms of maturity. And just going into college, yeah, you'd think it would have been fine, but there's those pesky "distractions". I think "lost interest" is putting it mildly...too bad there
          wasn't any follow-up before things got this bad. And many times, people of ANY age don't want to admit they're changing their mind about such a commitment...and you have to start that conversation for them.

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          • #6
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            Glad to see you got her back and can give her the care she deserves.

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            • #7
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              Oh my... I would have flipped my lid! Glad she's back where she belongs.

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              • #8
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                She already looks healthier than she was when you first got her back. I know it will take a while for her to get back to her health but I am excited to watch her progress. Good luck with everything

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                • #9
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                  Wow, so glad you got her back!

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                  • #10
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                    I'm so glad you got her back. I had a similar story with a hypo that I sold along with all the proper setups and detailed information on his care. A year later he came back to me with horrible nose rub scars from her putting him in an aquarium with a screened top and an over the top respiratory infection. Sometimes, I lose faith in humanity. I think she will blossom with your proper care and feeding. Good luck and keep us posted.
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                    • #11
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                      I am truly sorry for what happened to her. Glad she is back with you.

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                      • #12
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                        Looks like she came back right in time. I have seen things like this and as long as there are no underlying issues, she can be brought back. It will take time. Don't rush it because rushing it could cause organs to shut down due to not being use to having nutrition. She will bounce back slowly. In a year, you will notice a major difference. In 2 years, the difference will be phenomenal.

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                        • #13
                          Update

                          She is coming along very nicely...her coral color is coming back strong..her head is almost completely pink..the force is strong in this one



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                          • #14
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                            Tough story for us animal lovers to take in, but the end is well at least.

                            Best

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                            • #15
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                              She is looking so much better, thanks for the update and kudos to you on the exceptional care you have provided.
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