Hi there, I am a first-time snake parent, I just got a male Mexican rosy boa who is approximately 2 - 3 years old (I purchased him about two months ago from a breeder at a reptile expo). Something is concerning me and I am wondering if it's normal. First off, I was warned that he is known for going off his food for up to 6 months at a time. I got him to eat half an adult mouse about a month ago (I was told to cut them in half as the full-sized adults I had already bought are on the larger side). He eats frozen/thawed only, and always has apparently. My concern is about his waste. I tried to give him another half-mouse a week after he ate the first half; I put him in his feeding tub and he was antsy, "pacing" around the tub...he didn't eat, but he did poop while he was in there. No big deal, except my friend who breeds other kinds of snakes, thought it looked a bit runny. Shortly after this he went into shed, so it ended up being three weeks before I tried to feed him again. I didn't handle him at ALL during this time. I was very careful not to stress him, he's in a quiet place with no one bugging him. He had a successful shed, and a couple days after that I tried feeding. Unfortunately the poor fellow had his dinner rudely interrupted because there was a fire in our building, and I had to rush him (in his tub) to a safe place. When I got him back home and safe, I opened his tub to see him pooping...again. I didn't think he'd have anything left to get rid of since he's only eaten half a mouse in the past two and a half months, and already went once. It was a bit runny, like the last time. I saw him in the process of going, so I know for certain it wasn't regurgitation (and it was fairly obvious, by the urates etc.). Does this sound normal to you guys? Should I be worried about him being sick, or was he likely just stressed by either being in the feeding tub, or the whole hullabaloo of activity during the fire? He's a very docile, inactive boy, but his prev. owners said that's just his temperament...and I don't know what is normal as I've never had a snake before (and I've never seen this problem mentioned in the literature I've read). Sorry if these are dumb or super obvious questions! I'd rather sound like a moron and get the best info to help him, than avoid asking and have him feeling miserable. Thanks for any help you can offer me. Oh, and here are the responses to the questions they say you need to answer for any post, just in case it helps: · How long have you owned the animal? Just over 2 months · What is the enclosure size? 20-gallon · What type of substrate are you using (shavings, bark, paper towel, etc.)? Aspen shavings with a few oak leaves (unsprayed, purchased from a reptile/amphibian supply company), and of course his hides/decorations which are also designed for reptile use. · What type of lighting are you using and at what distance(s) are they from the animal? No lighting (other than the incandescent bulbs that light the whole room) · What are the temperatures within the enclosure and how are they being measured? Digital thermometers...cold side is around 75, hot side is around 90 (he barely ever goes to the warm side...I use an under-tank heating pad designed for reptiles). · What is the humidity within the enclosure and how is it being measured? Hygrometer (non-digital, just an exo terra one)...it's been consistently reading 60 (if I put a water dish in, it spikes to 70 so I generally keep it out). Keep in mind that it's also reading the air OUTSIDE the tank as 60...which makes me wonder if my hygrometer is working properly...still trying to sort this out. I can't fathom that my ambient air with windows open, is the same humidity as it is inside a closed tank... · What are you feeding (or attempting to feed) the animal? Thawed adult mice (which I cut in half) purchased pre-killed and frozen from a reptile food supplier. · What exactly are you concerned about? See issue described above. Too much pooping, maybe?