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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Wanted to update a few things on Behira.

    First, pictures are below and she is now 720G, but is due for some massive waste. My guess is she about 650G. She was 464G when we got her at the beginning of October. She is also starting to go in blue, and will shed this week, so her colors aren't vibrant, but I wanted to show the size difference. I'll post more pics after her shed.

    Secondly, I wanted to mention that I am changing her feeding schedule. She began eating small rats (55-65G) last month (3 rats) and then ate a 75G +/- rat last feeding. She's growing fast, and has no trouble with those prey items, however, I have read that feeding weekly once they get to small rats isn't the best idea. I've read multiple places that feeding even appropriate size prey weekly to Boas when they get to small rats and/or are 2 years old (she's about 1 year and 8 months, give or take), can cause them to grow too fast and cause premature death. Power-feeding, can cause Boa's to die before the age of 6, instead of living a long 20+ year life.

    I want what's best for her, so I am going to every two weeks for feeding. Apparently, feeding small items every week doesn't always work, because they often won't eat prey too small for them. And BCI's metabolism is slow, so appropriate sized meals every two weeks until she gets bigger is the plan. Then I plan to switch her to every 3 weeks once she's eating XL and Jumbo rats and her growing has slowed.

    Any thoughts on this are welcomed, as I am new to BCI's.






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    My feeding schedule for all my boas is once every 7-10 days on mice. Once on weaned/small rats, every 2 weeks. Then when on medium rats, every 3 weeks. Then when on large rats, every 4 weeks. A boa wont need a jumbo rat until it is 7-8 ft or larger and by then you can feed little rabbits. If feeding rabbits, i would do every 6 weeks as they are much more dense.

    Also, my boas stay on mice until they are about 1.5 years old or older. I dont rush them and like to feed on the smaller side to begin with. It's way too easy to overfeed a boa and since they have such a slow metabolism, it's easy to overfeed them but takes a very long time to slim them back down. BCI are much more forgiving on overfeeding. BCC are not. They can develop regurgitation syndrome which will kill them.

    And your boa wont need jumbos for at least 5 years. My 5+ year old 6.5 ft girl is on large rats once a month and my almost 6 ft 4 year old sunglow girl is on mediums still but might be graduating to large rats soon. Heck, my almost 1.5 year old suriname BCC is on adult mice as well as my 1.5 year old Peruvian long tail BCL and my almost 2 year old salmon het sharp snowglow BCI. They all get mice every 2 weeks. Less is more when it comes to boas. Keep em lean and mean for a good long life.
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    Oh and you might notice how i say every 7-10 days for mice and then i say every 2 weeks for mice. This is because up to 1 year old i tend to feed every 7-10 days until they are on adult mice. Then i switch them to every 2 weeks and just stick to that schedule even with weaned/small rats.
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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Sauzo, thank you again. I really appreciate the input.

    Also, as mentioned, Behira is about to shed, so I have been soaking her.

    Last night she dropped a big old poop and urate right in her soaking container! Not pleasant for anyone, but she was due!

    She went from 720G a few days ago to 640G post MWD (Massive Waste Drop).

    Let's keep the Boa posts alive on well here! I love my BP, and BP's in general, but this is such a good site, it would be nice to see more Boa, and other reptile related, posts.

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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Sauzo, thank you again. I really appreciate the input.

    Also, as mentioned, Behira is about to shed, so I have been soaking her.

    Last night she dropped a big old poop and urate right in her soaking container! Not pleasant for anyone, but she was due!

    She went from 720G a few days ago to 640G post MWD (Massive Waste Drop).

    Let's keep the Boa posts alive on well here! I love my BP, and BP's in general, but this is such a good site, it would be nice to see more Boa, and other reptile related, posts.
    Dont soak a boa that is in blue. The 'blue' is actually liquid between the new and old skin. Soaking them can remove that liquid/oils from them and really mess up their shed. A lot of people say you need to up humidity when in shed but that is only after they are out of blue and really, you shouldnt need to up humidity if the boa is correctly hydrated.

    I almost never up my humidity anymore for any of my boas and they all shed fine. Same with my retic and BP. I usually try to keep around 70% humidity but with winter, i have been rather lazy and let it drop to 60-65% and have yet to see a problem. Actually my snakes seem to not like really high humidity and will push to try and get out. I sometimes spike the humidity by misting the aspen pretty heavy but i usually only do that once or maybe twice a week and then let it dry out.

    And you want not pleasant.....imagine a 7 foot retic parking his bum over your bare foot and pissing on it lol. Caesar did that to me once and he also pooped on the floor once too. And a 7 foot retic can rip a small child sized poop easily haha.

    And yeah, i need to get some new pics of my boas up. Gina my suriname has really grown and filled out since i got her. I need to get some pics of her and some new pics of Louie my BCL who has grown like a weed since i got him. He was really shy for a few months but has since become bold and is out every night climbing all over or perching on the litter dam looking down and he has gotten big lol.
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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Great looking ghost there,itís mad the difference in colour a boa can be from morning to night some times, Enjoy boas are great


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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by richardhind1972 View Post
    Great looking ghost there,itís mad the difference in colour a boa can be from morning to night some times, Enjoy boas are great


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    Yeah, she has her dark and light phases. It's pretty cool.

    Really enjoying my first BCI, she's awesome.

    I will post pictures post shed.

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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    I want what's best for her, so I am going to every two weeks for feeding. Apparently, feeding small items every week doesn't always work, because they often won't eat prey too small for them.
    I think everything's been covered so I'm just throwing my $0.02 in on this - boas will eat small prey without issue, if one of my snakes refuses their f/t weaned rat or adult mouse for whatever reason and my corns and king were already fed, I'll toss it to one of my 4' boas and they happily snack it up (it's also rather comical to see a 4' boa try to coil an adult mouse).
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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by AbsoluteApril View Post
    I think everything's been covered so I'm just throwing my $0.02 in on this - boas will eat small prey without issue, if one of my snakes refuses their f/t weaned rat or adult mouse for whatever reason and my corns and king were already fed, I'll toss it to one of my 4' boas and they happily snack it up (it's also rather comical to see a 4' boa try to coil an adult mouse).
    Haha yeah. I tossed Vicky a weaned rat back when Dottie was on those and refused it. Watching Vicky try to coil a weaned rat at about 5 feet long was hilarious.
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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Behira shed last night.

    Pictures as promised.




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