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    Boa and soaking

    Just got a new boa and got her in an enclosure suited for her size with a big enough water dish for her to soak the water is about 74 degrees but she's seems to spend alot of time there is than normal for a big boa who hadn't had a big dish for a while

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    Snakes aren't all the same, even the same species. The boa I had did not like to soak, & as far as I know, it's not typical behavior for boas. Since you just got her,
    I hope you're keeping her on paper towels for substrate (temporarily) so you can make sure she doesn't have mites. I hate to tell you this, but soaking in water is
    a typical snake response (snakes of all kinds) when they have mites, & since mites will kill a snake, it's important to make sure yours is not harboring them. If she
    is, you'll need to eradicate them as soon as possible...their bites cause itching & irritation, but also dehydration & eventually shock & organ failure. If you house a
    new snake on white plain paper towels for a while, mites that may drop off are easier to see. Also check the water bowl, & the snake itself.
    Many friends in low places...

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    Re: Boa and soaking

    Also, 9yr old dead thread...

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    Re: Boa and soaking

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Also, 9yr old dead thread...
    This was posted tonight...? And the OP only joined 5 days ago... (-maybe a mod separated this post from a dead thread?)
    Last edited by Bogertophis; 09-09-2019 at 12:38 AM.
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    Re: Boa and soaking

    Hah! Must have gotten separated. When I first saw it the previous reply before the now “OP” was in 2010

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    Re: Boa and soaking

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernBoa View Post
    Just got a new boa and got her in an enclosure suited for her size with a big enough water dish for her to soak the water is about 74 degrees but she's seems to spend alot of time there is than normal for a big boa who hadn't had a big dish for a while
    What are the temps in the tank (warm side and cool side and ambient)?

    What is humidity?

    Have you ruled out mites?

    Boas can soak, but if given proper temp and especially humidity, they might not want or need to much. As Bogertophis said, it also depends on the given animal.

    You also mentioned a new acquisition. I hope he/she is being properly quarantined and you have ruled out mites. Mites are another reason a boa might (no pun intended) soak.

    Hopefully it's just this boa's tendency or a minor temp and/or humidity adjustment is needed.

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    Yes, the thread was split out of an old thread that was discussing correct water temps for boas for swimming.

    The only time I've seen boas soak is either when there are mites or when they are trying to cool off from too hot of a cage. Not saying some don't or won't here or there but I have never had a boa soak before that didn't have mites.

    One other thing - does she have a hide? It could be the bowl is the 'safest' feeling spot but the first thing I would do is check for mites.
    Hope it's not the case!
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