Has your boa stopped eating? Is it acting different from normal? Are you worried that you might have a sick boa constrictor? Welcome to ReptiFiles’ table of contents for all things related to boa health. Click on any of the below topics to learn more.
In the wild, a sick or weakened snake is a prime target for predators, so they’ve had to become experts at pretending to be well. While this works in their native habitat, in captivity illness is often a sign that something about our care has gone wrong. So as a reptile owner, you must be extra diligent to observe and act upon changes in your snake that may indicate illness:
- Weigh your boa weekly — sudden weight loss often indicates illness.
- Keep a written record of weight, feeding habits, behavior, shedding, etc.
- Prepare a reptile first-aid kit so you won’t be left scrambling if your boa becomes sick or injured.
Boa Health: Table of Contents
- Inclusion Body Disease (IBD)
- Mouth Rot
- Not Eating
- Respiratory Infection
- Scale Rot
- Shedding Trouble
Disclaimer: I am not a reptile veterinarian, nor a reptile health expert. The contents of these pages are to be used as guidelines, not professional medical advice. If you have an emergency, call an experienced reptile veterinarian immediately.
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Red-Tailed Boa Care Guide:
- Introduction to Boas
- Members of the Boa Genus
- Red-Tailed Boa Shopping List & Starter Kit
- How to Select and Buy a Pet Boa
- Enclosure Size
- Lighting & UVB Requirements
- Temperature Requirements
- Humidity Requirements
- Substrate Options
- Enclosure Decor & Environmental Enrichment
- Feeding Your Boa
- Taming & Handling Tips
- Common Illnesses & Other Health Information ← YOU ARE HERE
- Additional Resources