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  • [Health-General] Poor muscle tone

    I recently purchased two hogg island x nicaraguan boa crosses (a whoops! litter), a male and a female. I'm noticing that the female's muscle tone is much "looser" than the male's-- she moves around fine, eats great, doesn't seem to be in any distress, but the poor muscle tone concerns me. I'm not entirely sure what to do-- feed her more heavily to try to get her to put on mass, or just keep her on a normal feeding regimen and see how she does.

    I've had them for only about three weeks now, but both are eating well, move around, and are docile and easy to handle. The male is more easy-going, but the female has become much better too. Both have shed since I got them, both in one piece. I'd post pics of them but I don't have enough posts yet.

    The male is about 34" and the female is about 38". Birth date is 8-1-2014. I know that hybrids of locales are frowned upon (for good reason), but they needed a home, both are gorgeous, and will make great pets!

    Thanks!

    Chris

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    Re: Poor muscle tone

    Hi and welcome to RTB! This is truly the best place to learn about the amazing creature called the boa constrictor!

    Originally posted by ophidia View Post
    I'd post pics of them but I don't have enough posts yet.
    If you use this method, there won't be any need to worry about post count!
    http://www.redtailboas.com/f18/video...obucket-36865/

    Originally posted by ophidia View Post
    but the poor muscle tone concerns me. I'm not entirely sure what to do
    Exercise. Same as any other animal. Feed her normally, but let her out to climb around on stuff for a bit a few times a week. See how that goes for a bit.

    That's the best I have. Hope to see some pics soon!

    And once again, Welcome!!!


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      Re: Poor muscle tone

      Thanks for the welcome! I'll take her out and feed her normally. They both exhibit signs of not being used to being handled, so I suspect they were not handled much before I got them. Thanks for the suggestion!

      Chris

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        Poor muscle tone

        Hi, welcome to the forum.

        As mentioned, you have to let them out to play!






        Or you can always formally exercise them.

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          Re: Poor muscle tone

          Welcome to RTB! Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new babies.
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            Re: Poor muscle tone

            Originally posted by ophidia View Post
            I know that hybrids of locales are frowned upon (for good reason), but they needed a home, both are gorgeous, and will make great pets!
            Nothing wrong with them as long as you are happy with them.

            Looking forward to pics also.
            "An increase in reptile education can lead to a decrease in reptile discrimination." - Bebo

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              Re: Poor muscle tone

              Take them out to a grassy area that's free of pesticides and weed killers and the like and let them slither. If it's your yard, you can do a snake gymnasium kind of thing with step stools and the like for them to climb on. You can set aside an area in your house to supervise them in too. Just make sure they don't fall.

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