I have a paradox adult male sand boa who has been with us now for two years. We bought him as an adult, unknown if he’s ever been with a female, and for his first year with us he never missed a meal. Now this year he’s on a going on 2 month hunger strike. He’s only lost 5 grams in these two months so I’m not worried but it has raised a few questions.
Can he be in breeding mode and searching for a girl even though we have no girls big enough that is the same species?
Could girls that might be old enough to breed still give off pheromones even if the species aren’t the same?
How long should I expect him to be in breeding mode and are their any signs to look out for that says he isnt actually in that mode but something else?
I will say he is always exceedingly thirsty, we supply water in tub, but he also drinks a lot when we do a weekly soak. We do a soak to help with sheds since we noticed our Sands having trouble with eye caps and such. He still occasionally retains an eye cap on one eye, always the same one. We also moved him from a 10 gallon tub to a 2 gallon instead to try and curb his constant roaming attempts.