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    Question My BP has been behaving a bit strange

    As of today, my ball python has been in his cooler, more humid hide for the last 13 days. I have not seen him leave the hide at all, but he does move around inside. The temperatures on his cool side hover around 80F, and his warm side around 88F, with the basking spot between 93F and 97F. I haven't tried to bother him since he went into hiding because I thought he might be starting to shed. It's been hard to tell because of the way he has hidden himself away though. His most recent poop was runny; not fully liquid, but definitely not the usual. Does anyone have an idea of what's going on? Is he shedding, or is something wrong with him? Any tips or advice is wonderful.

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    Basking spot is too HOT- please lower it immediately to 90* or below! Over that is unsafe- even snakes that love to be "warm" can die from heat strokes.

    And double-check all your temperatures- cool side would be fine at 78*- it's essential that you make sure your thermometer/or temp. gun is accurate.

    Fix his temperatures A.S.A.P.- then worry about checking his stools.

    While snakes going into shed cycle typically prefer the cool side (& humid hides, if provided), I think he's just over-heated.
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    Re: My BP has been behaving a bit strange

    His warm side actually used to be warmer. Once the bulb burned out and I replaced it is when he started hiding on that side. I even bought a dimmer for the light to lower the temperature, but He still stayed over there. It's just strange to me that he suddenly started hiding despite having had no issues before. If for some reason it isn't the heat, what could it be?

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    Re: My BP has been behaving a bit strange

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Hoatzin View Post
    His warm side actually used to be warmer. Once the bulb burned out and I replaced it is when he started hiding on that side. I even bought a dimmer for the light to lower the temperature, but He still stayed over there. It's just strange to me that he suddenly started hiding despite having had no issues before. If for some reason it isn't the heat, what could it be?
    Used to be warmer? That's not a good thing.

    I don't have any hotspots that reach 90. 85 is what I shoot for.

    Lower it and see what happens. Overall a hiding snake is a happy snake. Just because it stays on one side over the other doesn't matter if the numbers are good. My Ball stays on the cool side most of the time. I don't count the days but it's certainly there more than it's not.
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    Re: My BP has been behaving a bit strange

    my cool side ranges from 72-75, and my warm upwards of 85-usually warmer but whenever i mist it gets lower, you sound like you know what you're talking about, so should i change anything? My two thermometers are on either side, so it's not exactly perfect, with 2 gauges in the middle one for humidity oone for heat. I have a 40gal so what are your thoughts on that?

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    Re: My BP has been behaving a bit strange

    Quote Originally Posted by DatBoiAJ_ View Post
    my cool side ranges from 72-75, and my warm upwards of 85-usually warmer but whenever i mist it gets lower, you sound like you know what you're talking about, so should i change anything? My two thermometers are on either side, so it's not exactly perfect, with 2 gauges in the middle one for humidity oone for heat. I have a 40gal so what are your thoughts on that?
    Sounds like you're pretty good. Like I said I shoot for 85 as a hotspot but of course with outside temp changes that number is a little higher at times. Being at 85 though gives that wiggle room so when it happens my collection is not in a danger zone. Also some of my snakes, like by BRB, don't like higher temps. They all do great with what I do do I stick with it.
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    Re: My BP has been behaving a bit strange

    Cool. Thanks for the advice

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