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    Sand boa climbed!?!

    Okay, I have a roughly 5 year old Kenyan Sand Boa named Jasper. I've had him for two of those years. He lives in a 20 long aquarium with a heat mat on one side. A water bowl and a buffalo skull are his only "decorations".
    ANYWAY I just came home and he was under the lid on the rim of the aquarium!! I'm baffled on how he got up there and why!?! The buffalo skull is kind of in the middle of the tank so he shouldn't be able to climb it and onto the rim. But why would he even do it!? He's had the same setup the whole time I've had him.

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    Re: Sand boa climbed!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by mischiefneko View Post
    ... But why would he even do it!?....
    Because he can! Seriously, what's the longest you've ever stayed in one room? What if it was for life...don't you think you might try the door?

    Even "ground-dwelling snakes" can and will climb...they may not be the best at it, but don't underestimate their ability & desire to escape.
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    But I've never even seen him climb onto the buffalo skull. The coming home and seeing some of his body hanging off the rim of the aquarium, it scared the hell out of me!! As small as he is I don't see how he got up there!
    And now I'm concerned because I lifted the screen lid and half of him fell and he hung. When I lifted it again he plopped down. He didn't move for about five minutes, but I saw his tongue still coming out. And now he's burrowed again.

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    Re: Sand boa climbed!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by mischiefneko View Post
    ... When I lifted it again he plopped down. He didn't move for about five minutes, but I saw his tongue still coming out. And now he's burrowed again.
    Sounds like it both startled & knocked the 'wind' out of him. Poor little guy...

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    Re: Sand boa climbed!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Sounds like it both startled & knocked the 'wind' out of him. Poor little guy...
    I know! But there really was nothing else I could do. I tried to figure out how to lift it without knocking him down, but as soon as I raised the lid but half an inch his first half fell. So I tried to let him sit another minute then VERY slowly lifted it again and he plopped. I FEEL SO BAD! But there was no other way, I tried to sneak a hand in to catch him and by the time I could even get a finger in he fell!

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    Shoulder I tuck something under the rim so he can't anymore? Any suggestions? I don't know what to do.
    I still am racking my brain on HOW he got up there

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    Re: Sand boa climbed!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by mischiefneko View Post
    Okay, I have a roughly 5 year old Kenyan Sand Boa named Jasper. I've had him for two of those years. He lives in a 20 long aquarium with a heat mat on one side. A water bowl and a buffalo skull are his only "decorations".
    ANYWAY I just came home and he was under the lid on the rim of the aquarium!! I'm baffled on how he got up there and why!?! The buffalo skull is kind of in the middle of the tank so he shouldn't be able to climb it and onto the rim. But why would he even do it!? He's had the same setup the whole time I've had him.
    When you say a ' heat mat on one side ' do you literally mean ON THE SIDE of the tank or on one side of the floor in the tank ?!


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    Re: Sand boa climbed!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
    When you say a ' heat mat on one side ' do you literally mean ON THE SIDE of the tank or on one side of the floor in the tank ?!


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