View Full Version : My gravid Boa shed while gravid?

04-21-2002, 12:15 AM
[B]I have a gravid boa. The pre ovulation shed was in Mid January 2002. I am expecting her to drop around mid May. She is off feeding and is very large at this time. But she is currently in shed now. I read a book by J. Ronne that says there is an intermedeate shed half way in to gestation period. My boa is past half way in to dropping, in fact I expect her to give birth anytime in May. Is there something wrong with her?
Please help. Thank you very much.


04-21-2002, 12:24 AM
i think xpecting in mid may is a lil soon if she did her post ov shed in mid jan .. im in the same time frame as you but i wont be looking for babies untill mid june or end of june  i would suspect you should be warming up the cages for around the same time  , and no one ever give them the book on when to have babies lol or if they did they never read it i wouldnt worry about her shedding , and goin off feed isnt always a true thin my female  had her first  clutch in 2000 of 26 babies she ate all through her gravid term untill the day or two before having them and she twice after her pos so just sit back and enjoy the wait

Glenn Bartley
04-21-2002, 02:37 PM
I don't have any experience breeding boas, but I do with lots of other snakes. One thing I can tell you for sure is don't think that because you read it in a book, then your snake will have to follow the book. One of the better books I ever read on snake breeding was about corn snakes and the author made it clear that at least for corn snakes there is a vast difference as to when they shed before laying eggs. Your snake is shedding because it is ready to shed. If living conditions are right and the snake has not been exposed to things that would make her shed sooner than expected, such as mites, a skin injury etc..., then you should have no problems.

Glenn Bartley
04-21-2002, 02:45 PM
By the way, I forgot to ask, but I have to: is that a turd in the picture with the snake? Yeah you know what I mean, look there to the left of the snake even with the second saddle up from the bottom (or to the left of the snake and straight across from the midsection of the waterbowl) You ask everyone to help you out with a possible shedding/breeding problem, making me think you are serious about wanting to properly care for your snake. Then I noticed what appears to be a big piece of crap in the enclosure. Clean that sh~t out of there. Crap in the cage is one of the best ways to promote disease, including skin infections that can lead to extra sheds. I am often amazed at how many people send out pictures that show how poorly they are keeping their animals; then they expect you to buy amimals from them. Besides that who the heck wants to see pictures of sh~t?<img src="http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'>?<img src="http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'>?<img src="http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'>?? <img src="http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'>

Glenn Bartley
04-21-2002, 02:46 PM
By the way, if that's not poop, then I apologize in advance!

04-21-2002, 06:56 PM
Hello Glenn,
Thanks for your enlightenment and concern about the cage. Let me reassure you that that cage is always clean and probably one of the most complete set ups for a gravid boa. Let me reassure you that my snakes are well taken care of and are happy. I don't necessarily think though that the picture I posted is a representation of a bad husbandry. And yes I am very serious about my boas. Again, thank you for your reply.