View Full Version : Big Delilah, getting fat..
01-17-2004, 07:00 PM
:cool: Took some pics of big D yesterday and man shes getting pretty fat these days...
01-17-2004, 07:05 PM
Gona have to build a wall size cage come summer, shes gettin to big for that 7ft long cage... LOL!!! heres a top view pic, look how girthy she is...
01-17-2004, 07:10 PM
Took this pic awhile back... I would love to post pics of her eatting but i dont want to affend anyone on the forums so i wont post them pics...
01-17-2004, 08:25 PM
Ooooh, you can post them! :D That's a beautiful BCI. What does she measure in at?
01-18-2004, 12:14 AM
Thank you emroul, i see you know your snakes well, thats good.. and i would like to make sure no one will be affended by the feeding pics befour i do post any.. As for how big she is shes almost 9ft.. And growing like a weed...:D Shes eatting F/T rabbits..my other snakes are eatting F/T rats of verious sizes..
01-18-2004, 01:15 AM
dang, she's a beast! I own a male BCI. Since males generally don't grow as big as females (for breeding reasons), he maxxed out at 6'3, and 12 pounds. Not bad though. Here's a pic or two of him, just because I can't help it. =)
Oh, and about the feeding pics. I posted one on here awhile back, and I think it will be okay if you post in the threads TOPIC line "Snake feeding pics" or something, so it's up to them to click on it. I did that, and I don't think too many people had a problem with it, since everything's got to eat and most of the people on here love every animal that is living and breathing, regardless. ;D
01-18-2004, 10:29 AM
Hey Jennifer, nice pics and very nice looking male.. By the way whats the age on your male and also what size prey are you feeding and how many days apart in meals?? As for the size boas grow thru out there whole lives and he should continue growing, alot of males will reach big size around 8ft or so if fed the right size prey and accordingly. For a 6ft boa it should be on large to jumbo F/T rats 1 every 8 days. once it hits the 7ft mark it should be on jumbo to colossal prey 1 every 10 days.. This is not what we call power feeding, power feeding is when the snake gets fed every 4 days. Also have you tried to inject the prey item with a good reptile liquid vitamin just befour feeding once a month?? At 6ft he should be weighing alot more than 12 pounds.. you need to get him going with more prey and some vitamins... But he looks great and love the pics!!!
01-18-2004, 12:18 PM
He was a rescue; I've only had him about a month. He has been eating f/t jumbo rats like a champ! He eats one every 7-10 days. The rats are not getting injected with anything, the snake gets everything it needs from its prey. ;) He may be alittle on the skinny side, but for the most part, very healthy. He just battled with a bad shed due to improper humidity and had the becomings of an RI. Good thing I got him when I did, he went to the vet and got dome dosages of Panacur and Flagyl (just to be on the safe side), and his humidity and temps are stable and perfect now. I was told he is 4-5 years old, but there's no way of knowing for sure; considering the last owner didn't know what he was talking about. :mad:
01-18-2004, 02:50 PM
I think thats great you rescued him, as for the Panacur and Flagyl thats for treating for parasites, do you know if he got anything for the RI?? Make sure to tell your vet for future refferance not to use Baytril as it does have bad side effects and can kill even though its a choice of drug by vets, try to go with Tylan 200, also Im suprised the vet didnt give him a B6-12 shot, i know that alot people always assume they get all there vitamins from the prey but that really isnt the case.. If hes a rescue he should really get alittle boost with the vitamins.. Also the best product on the market to use for help with sheds and also for keeping skin smooth and supple is "Four Paws Vita Spray" check into it and start using it, even if you have humidity probs this will help tons and he will feel soooo much better... Keep up the good work with him..;) :cool:
01-18-2004, 04:01 PM
I know that Panacur and Flagyl treats for internal parasites, and since I have a group of eighteen other snakes at my house, I wanted him treated. I take all my snakes to this reptile vet; he his known worldwide. As for the RI, all he needed was some change in his husbandry, and he is just fine now, he hasn't shown signs of an RI at all after the first week with me. I have fed all my snakes only their prey, and nothing more; too much of anything can damage their already weak immune systems. They don't get their prey injected with anything in the wild, you know. I have been raising 10 of them from babies, and they are healthier than a horse. I get vet check up's every other month or so, even when nothing looks wrong, just to be safe. None of them are stressed at all (I would know this right away because they are ball pythons; they would probably go off feed). None of them ever refuse their meals, which is every 5 days (for the juveniles, 7-10 days for all the adults). As for the shed spray, there is also Shed-Ease. I have never tried any of this stuff. Water is the most efficient way to cause a perfect shed. Once he goes "in the blue", I will bump his humidity up, and probably soak him as well. All my snakes have never had a problem shedding with me using this technique. Now, what works for one, may not work for another. This is a general herp rule I try to pass on, because, no better reason but that it's true. :)
All in all, I have 5.8 Python regius, 1.0 Boa Constrictor imperator, 0.0.1 Lampropelitis getula californiae, 0.0.1 Morelia spilota cheynei, 1.0 Corallus hortulanus, 2.0 Crotalus tigris, and every single one of them is healthy because of me doing what I'm doing.
02-01-2004, 01:30 PM
I wonder would those sprays work well on my iguana, she sheds every month and she has been having a hard time. I actually have to go into her cage and spray her down with water and then sit and pet her until the skin sheds off. It seems that she actually likes it when i help her shed as she keeps rubbing up agaisnt my hands as soon as i enter her cage. There are times when i cannot even gently rub all of her shed off. I have her humidity up in the norms and keep it much warmer in the winter time as it is now in Bflo.,N.Y. Could u help me out with a little feedback here Barracuda?
02-01-2004, 01:38 PM
Beautiful snake! I think it would be very interesting to see her eating. I used to feed the snakes at the sanctuary when I worked there but we didn't have any that big.