Hello! I’m looking for advice for anybody who has some experience with keeping young Kenyan Sand Boas. I’m new to this site so if this should post somewhere or something, please feel free to tell me.
I got him (I confess, an impulse buy…) at a reptile show in January. My worry is that since then he has only eaten once, a little pinkie mouse. He has also shed exactly once. My main question is, am I being neurotic and prematurely freaking out or do I need to take him to the vet or what??
He’s currently housed in a plastic tub with sand for substrate. I’ve been taking him out to try to feed him in a separate, empty plastic tub to avoid impaction. I also tried feeding him in his enclosure but I set the mouse on a sterilized pringles lid in the hopes he’d feed off of that if I just left him alone. This worked exactly once, in mid-February. I’ve tried heating the mouse in a plastic baggie in a warm water bath and have also tried using a hair dryer. I’ve tried wiggling to the side of the head, in front, and gently lifting at his lip with the mouse to try to get him to latch on. He has shown no interest in feeding and actively runs from the food and/or avoids where I’ve left it.
Right now he is exactly 10 g, but unfortunately I didn’t weigh him when I got him. Really kicking myself for it, now. I’m going to do regular weigh ins going forward and will update the numbers if he still won’t eat. But am I being neurotic? How worried should I be? Do you guys have any advice on anything I’m doing wrong or that I should try? I would be really devastated if this little guy didn’t thrive.
His name is Gelato Bean and I call him Jelly Bean. Just a general FYI if I start talking about jelly beans so it doesn’t confuse anybody.
Also, my long term plan with him is to move him into a 20 gallon glass tank. I was going to put some air plants, succulents, things like that in there. I also want to try putting a tile mosaic on the back glass wall using aquarium silicone as a replacement for grout. So if anybody has advice or input on that I’d love to hear it as well, although those concerns are a ways down the line given my worries about his eating.