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Breathing Question

Discussion in 'Common/Red Tail Boa' started by ChaosSaber, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. ChaosSaber

    ChaosSaber Member

    I just got a redtail boa the other night and he breathes loudly when I am holding him, hes 6-7ft, is this normal? I have had a ball python for 6 years and he does not do this
  2. MorganLeFay

    MorganLeFay Elite Member

    If there is discharge from the mouth or nose, wheezing or clicking noises while breathing, open-mouth breathing or if the snake refuses to eat it could be a respiratory infection. Some snakes exhale loudly every so often (mine does this whenever I bathe him and it's normal), but if yours keeps breathing like that then I'd take him to a vet to be checked for an RI.
  3. TamJam

    TamJam Elite Member

    I agree that he should be checked out by a vet anyway, since you just got him and you don't know what his problems may be. He should be quarantined for six months too, to prevent spreading any disease to your other animals.

    Also, I wouldn't handle him too much until he gets used to his new surroundings.

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