Let me preface this by saying, while I was not in the market for a BP, nor did I really want one, I just couldn’t force myself to walk away from this snake. I’ve done a lot of rescue over the years with various organizations and currently work at a vet clinic. However I’ve never gotten in a snake this thin before. I can feel every single rib, vertebrae and bone this little guy has. He is supposedly a “normal 2.5 y/o male BP”. Supposedly this dudes kid got bored after a few weeks of owning the snake nearly 2 years ago. The parents “tossed it a live one every other week”. Clearly we can see how unlikely that is.
The photos in the tank are what the parent met me with him in it. No hides. No heat. Small metal water dish that didn’t look to have had water in a very long time, and tons of shed skin. He has stuck shed from snoot to root and looks to be several stuck eye caps. Currently I’ve got him in a clean glass exo terra with some plastic wrap on the screen to help with humidity. Some papertowels for bedding and a make shift hide that’s really a rat hide away castle but it works for the night. Also under tank heating on a thermostat and misted down really well.
I soaked him for about 15 minutes. He was fine at first but then started spinning so back into the terrarium he went. Tons of shed had already come off from that small soak. I’ll do it again tomorrow.
Any recommendations??? I offered him after 8 hours in his new home (I normally would just leave him alone to decompress, but he’s so skinny I’m worried) a rat pup (thawed) and he struck, left it and when I came back an hour later it was gone. I figured a much too small meal for his size was better than nothing for the night, plus just needing to start smaller meals until he’s got some meat on his bones.