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Help with My Suddenly Aggresssive Redtailedboa

Discussion in 'Common/Red Tail Boa' started by ixeraiya, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. ixeraiya

    ixeraiya Member

    I have had my Redtailedboa for about 10 years now, he is a fully grown 6 ft Male. About 3 months ago he got a respiratory infection but we got him to the vet and he got better quick. I clean his cage once a week and he gets clean water every other day.

    Recently within the last 3 weeks he has become EXTREMELY aggressive. open mouth hissing when I take him out of his cage, he even striked at me once (did not bite me). But it is getting to the point I dont want to handle him and am looking to possibly re-home.

    I handle him once every 1-3 days, so I dont know if I need to handle him more or if I need to leave him alone.
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    How large a prey do you feed and how often?
  3. toddnbecka

    toddnbecka Well Established Member

    Is he aggressive when you reach into the cage then calm after he's out?
  4. ixeraiya

    ixeraiya Member

    I fed him an XL(Jumbo) Rat every 2 weeks

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    He used to calm down but I was cleaning his cage yesterday and he snapped at me while I was cleaning it. He was outside on the floor, where he usually is while I clean it.
  5. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    How did the vet treat the RI ? If he is experiencing a relapse or secondary infection, that can make him testy.
  6. ixeraiya

    ixeraiya Member

    She had me give him an Oral antibiotic, as well as Eye and Nose drops. He took all the meds well and was very cuddly during this.
  7. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    I'm really wondering about the vet.

    Eye drops do nothing for a snake. I have never heard of nose drops for a snake.

    This so-called vet may not have been qualified to diagnose/ or treat a reptile. Which means, she may have given an incorrect medicine or dosage - resulting in a relapse.

    Is you snake showing any signs of illness?
  8. ixeraiya

    ixeraiya Member

    She is a reptile specialist, so I wouldn't really know since I'm not. But the medication worked and his nose cleared up and he could breathe regularly again.

    He shows no signs of being sick now, I checked him for cuts and his mouth looks nice.
  9. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    I would keep a close eye on him for symptoms of a relapse. Listen for any popping, gurgling, wheezing, or other bubbly sounds.

    You could double check his temps. You may need to bump his temps - with it getting cold, cage temps may have dropped just slightly, maybe not much, but enough to upset him.

    You could experiment with an increase in feeding (maybe just feed every 10 days instead of every 14) and see if that curbs the problem.
  10. ixeraiya

    ixeraiya Member

    Always, he doesnt seem to have any more symptoms but its always a possibility.

    I will try to feed him more and see if that helps him.

    It could be the temp, but its the same as it has always been around 80. I moved him into a less traffic room as well to see if that helps.
  11. CTU2fan

    CTU2fan Elite Member

    Can't really think of anything else...any chance he's getting ready to shed, has he ever been shed nippy before?

    I agree with Dragoness, eye drops for a boa seems odd.
  12. TamJam

    TamJam Elite Member

    Have any changes been made to his environment recently or have you gotten any new pets like cat/dog that may be stressing him, or has anyone or any kids been banging on his cage or scaring him - and have you checked for mites? Something seems to me to have changed that is making him this way.

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