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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by richardhind1972 View Post
    That really is a stunner dave,you really was a good boy, not coming home with that

    Good you caught up with philly.be cool to meet some of your fellow forum mates

    That's good you managed to speak with loads of breeders to give you bit reassurance about behira Dave.
    That really is a good book, sure you will plenty of good reading hours with it, great reference book too


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    Agreed Rich on the reassurance and great to catch up with a few forum mates today.

    Of course, I started reading Vin's new book tonight and it says sheds of less than a month apart usually mean a sick snake!

    Seriously though, when I spoke to Vin today he was surprised both the white blood cell count and the stool where low and negative, respectively. Also, the vet said she would repeat tests and/or prescribe an antibiotic IF things got worse or she stopped eating, etc. We are nowhere near that as far as I can tell with her devouring her meals and even in blue.

    Will power can be tough sometimes. I really did like that BC, but I don't think it's meant to be right now. I really love my collection and am spending the time I want with them (handling), cleaning, etc. Space is also a commodity I am short on now. Plus, with my health, no need to push it. The last thing I want is too many animals and not enough time or energy. I have a job and other hobbies and it's not my job (reptiles), nor do I want it to be. Yes, we are only talking one more snake, but it's never really only one more, right? Important to draw a line somewhere (and that's a personal thing).

    However, I really do like a good sized boa. Cannot wait for Behira, Jeff, and to a smaller extent (literally, not figuratively), Feliz, to get there. It's going to be a while though. Jeff's just about 1, Feliz is 2 1/2 and Behira is about 3 3/4 years old.

    I used to be nervous about bigger snakes and it wasn't until just before I got Behira that I even handled any Boa. If I had to do it all over again, not sure I would do anything different, as I love the variety of the collection, but I might have started sooner with the boas.
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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Agreed Rich on the reassurance and great to catch up with a few forum mates today.

    Of course, I started reading Vin's new book tonight and it says sheds of less than a month apart usually mean a sick snake!

    Seriously though, when I spoke to Vin today he was surprised both the white blood cell count and the stool where low and negative, respectively. Also, the vet said she would repeat tests and/or prescribe an antibiotic IF things got worse or she stopped eating, etc. We are nowhere near that as far as I can tell with her devouring her meals and even in blue.

    Will power can be tough sometimes. I really did like that BC, but I don't think it's meant to be right now. I really love my collection and am spending the time I want with them (handling), cleaning, etc. Space is also a commodity I am short on now. Plus, with my health, no need to push it. The last thing I want is too many animals and not enough time or energy. I have a job and other hobbies and it's not my job (reptiles), nor do I want it to be. Yes, we are only talking one more snake, but it's never really only one more, right? Important to draw a line somewhere (and that's a personal thing).

    However, I really do like a good sized boa. Cannot wait for Behira, Jeff, and to a smaller extent (literally, not figuratively), Feliz, to get there. It's going to be a while though. Jeff's just about 1, Feliz is 2 1/2 and Behira is about 3 3/4 years old.

    I used to be nervous about bigger snakes and it wasn't until just before I got Behira that I even handled any Boa. If I had to do it all over again, not sure I would do anything different, as I love the variety of the collection, but I might have started sooner with the boas.
    I really think that's a good call with helding back, lol
    There's no point in it having to be a chore to keep up on husbandry etc , hobbies are supposed to be fun and I know you give a 100% care to your animals. Especially with behira at moment, fingers crossed she will stop soon and her hormones settle down and get back into a regular shed cycle

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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    ...Of course, I started reading Vin's new book tonight and it says sheds of less than a month apart usually mean a sick snake!

    Seriously though, when I spoke to Vin today he was surprised both the white blood cell count and the stool where low and negative, respectively. Also, the vet said she would repeat tests and/or prescribe an antibiotic IF things got worse or she stopped eating, etc. We are nowhere near that as far as I can tell with her devouring her meals and even in blue...
    That's always been my understanding too, but hey, they used to think the world was flat, y'know? Now it looks like there can be more than one cause for this phenomenon, making it that much more crucial to have a vet who's good at diagnosing the difference between sickness & raging growth hormones. We're all still learning things about
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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    That's always been my understanding too, but hey, they used to think the world was flat, y'know? Now it looks like there can be more than one cause for this phenomenon, making it that much more crucial to have a vet who's good at diagnosing the difference between sickness & raging growth hormones. We're all still learning things about
    I am an investor by trade, and often look at things quantitatively. Looking at Behira quantitatively it seems she must be sick, certainly from the perspective of the frequent sheds. Not so much from the eating perspective. However, what are the odds of such an anomaly in shedding?

    However, qualitatively, it's a different story. I had her out this morning and same old sweet Behira. Great muscle tone and strength and vibrant color. She's acting normal except for the shedding. Even Pounding food with zest.

    I am taking this in stride now and giving it time. I am letting go of my scientific and quantitative data and going with my gut and with the vet, etc.

    Look at her - she looks great!




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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Sure, rub it in! .

    I hope he finds a really good home. He was really both stunning and calm as can be.
    I think you should get it. And if doesn’t work out I will send you my address.


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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Behira looked a little less red yesterday than she did this time after last shed (4 days), I think anyway. Who knows. She was her normal awesome as I had her out for a bit.
    Tonight she nailed and devoured another medium rat.

    I am happy every time she eats. Makes me believe she's keeping her strength up and the food could help her fight off anything that could be going on, or not . Either way, I am glad she is pounding food. If it is hormones, etc. and she needs to grow a little bit now, I know I am giving her what she needs. If not, she hasn't been overfed, so I do not believe this hurts her at all, and I will slow down the feedings when the shedding issue is clearly resolved.

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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Behira looked a little less red yesterday than she did this time after last shed (4 days), I think anyway. Who knows. She was her normal awesome as I had her out for a bit.
    Tonight she nailed and devoured another medium rat.

    I am happy every time she eats. Makes me believe she's keeping her strength up and the food could help her fight off anything that could be going on, or not . Either way, I am glad she is pounding food. If it is hormones, etc. and she needs to grow a little bit now, I know I am giving her what she needs. If not, she hasn't been overfed, so I do not believe this hurts her at all, and I will slow down the feedings when the shedding issue is clearly resolved.

    Really glad she's still eating

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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Quote Originally Posted by richardhind1972 View Post
    Really glad she's still eating

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    ME TOO!

    She's really nailing her food and she seems to be looking for food more too.

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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    I had Behira out tonight. She's looking good and feels strong. She's alert and active (except for when she fell asleep hanging from neck for 10 minutes ).

    It's been 12 days since her last shed. She's darker, and her belly is getting pink again, as are her sides a bit. However, she's not in blue yet. She was at 12 days last time. Who knows, but I'd be happy with a longer duration between sheds.

    In the meantime, as documented here, she's nailing rats and seems to have grown a little. I haven't gotten a present from her in a bit, so I cannot give an official weight yet, but I will.

    Here are two pics of Behira chilling with her papa.


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    Re: Behira - 2016 Female Ivory Ghost - First BCI

    Behira came out of blue today and absolutely clobbered a F/T medium rat tonight.

    I'll report when she sheds again, but everything else is status quo with her.

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