I came home today from work to find my boa has done something stupid to himself. I’m assuming it was rubbing on the glass. I took a look around it it seems like his probe has fallen off of its mounting spot again so I’m assuming it got too hot and he tried to get out while i was at work and did this number to his face.
His whole snout is swollen, and there’s a spot on his lip that is really swollen. I can’t get that stupid probe to stay in one spot for the life of me so that needs to be addressed. Ive been taping it in place with electrical tape. I haven’t been able to get my hand on any wire to try to secure it with, but that’s an option. If you use wire to secure your probes, I’d love to know what kind. All i can think of is pipe cleaners and that doesn’t seem very hygenic in a tropical enclosure nor does it seem robust or even safe. If there’s any better commonly found option I’d love to hear it. Also just to triple check, whereabouts you keep the probe, does it have to be directly under the heat panel, nearer to the top, nearer to the floor, etc. @lumpy has given me great advice on this before with pictures and everything, but I’d love some other opinions too since I’m still struggling to find the best way to do it for me.
At this point, is there really anything i can do for him? Any way i can make him more comfortable? It sucks that they don’t just hold still when you need them too. i just want to ice it sooo bad but fat chance of that ever happening. I was thinking maybe a cool soak? Not cold cold of course, i don’t want to give him hypothermia, but I’m curious if i could get it just cold enough to do something good to his face without hurting him if he were to lay in it for like 20 mins. There isn’t any abrasion on his face, so painkiller free neosporin won’t do much…
What do you think? What can i do? Do you think i should try the cool bath just to see if that does anything to reduce the swelling? If so how cold?
It just came up today so i can’t say i think it’s time for a vet visit just yet. If it doesn’t go away over the weekend then that’s different. But if there’s anything i can do to help reduce the swelling now, that would be awesome.
Pics of course:
His face prior to today: