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    Optimum temperature for digestion

    Hi everyone! I recently got my first snake, a baby BP, and I really love him. I have done extensive research to make sure I am properly caring for him, but it seems like whatever hide he is close to after he eats is where he stays for the next 24 hours with no apparent regard to temperature. Should I put him on the warm side of the tub while he is digesting or always let him choose? What is the best temperature for digestion for a BP?

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    Re: Optimum temperature for digestion

    Quote Originally Posted by Truhartkitt View Post
    Hi everyone! I recently got my first snake, a baby BP, and I really love him. I have done extensive research to make sure I am properly caring for him, but it seems like whatever hide he is close to after he eats is where he stays for the next 24 hours with no apparent regard to temperature. Should I put him on the warm side of the tub while he is digesting or always let him choose? What is the best temperature for digestion for a BP?

    I appreciate any input!

    KW
    To be honest it's maybe best to let him sort things out ..

    The most common 'warm hide' temp I see suggested is 92F ..


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    There is no need to move your snake on the warm side they know how to move if they want or need too.

    Your temps if you have a cool spot and warm spot should be 76/78 and 86/88 never below 75 and never over 90/92

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    You should let the snake choose...and preferably not over 90* for warm side (be sure you are reading accurately...if not, 92* might actually be a bit higher &
    actually do some damage).

    FYI, snakes don't always rush to the warmth when digesting: sometimes (especially with a larger meal) they appear to prefer to be cooler to slow down their
    digestive process. A very large meal can spoil & bloat them to the point of harm, which is why it's best not to see how big of prey you can get your snake to
    eat, but only offer prey of more moderate size (not larger than the snake's un-fed mid-body diameter) Besides not wanting to make your pet obese, meals
    that are too large may be regurgitated & even harm the snake in the process.

    And welcome Truhartkitt Congrats on your first snake!
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    Yeah, you definitely don't need to move your snake to aid in digestion. They've survived thousands of years without us intervening. Just let your snake do it's thing. As long as your temps are right and proper hides are offered your BP will be fine.

    For BPs I like to keep my cool side right around 80-81 and warm side at 88-89. I never go above 90 or below 78.
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