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    Default Help! RI in new Rosy Boa!

    Yesterday I picked up a pioneertown rosy boa that I named Mipha, about 2 months old. She was rehomed to me with a tall vertical cage she lived in. I immediately upgraded her to a wide 15 gallon and gave her some proper aspen chip bedding and a nice rock hide. When I got her she had a large amount of stuck shed so I ran her through a warm towel and she looks much better now! She ate last Thursday but has no interest in eating now.

    Also I'm almost certain that she has an RI. I am worried living in the vertical cage that her humidity was too high for her 2 months of life.
    She is
    -clicking
    -not interested in eating
    -opens her mouth every now and then as if to breathe
    -I can feel the vibrations when she clicks
    -Takes big deep breaths you can visually see
    -she did this weird coil thing where she kept folding over herself over and over again?
    -was very thirsty when I offered her water, went right to it and sat there drinking for a while

    She is, however, very active although not sure if its just her being uncomfortable.

    The soonest I could get a vet appointment is Monday I am really worried. Is this an emergency or can she last a few days more?

    Any out of the ordinary tips to help her till then?
    I read something about a vics vapo rub thing?
    I'm keeping her cage above 85 at all times and low low humidity under 40%.
    I am not handling her unless necessary either.

    Her yesterday when I got her:
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    Her after her bath today:
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    Her later on today and her new digs:
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    An RI almost always needs treatment from a vet, so I would recommend that you keep the appointment. The sooner an RI is treated the better but it is not an emergency unless there is fluid in her mouth or nostrils. Good home treatment for RI (and the first one works for any illness) is to bump up their heat by around 2 to 4 degrees, that will help up their own immune system. Other is to lower the humidity, which it sounds like you've done.

    I'll say though since you said she had a bad shed, there are several other reasons for a snake to sound like it's getting an URI. Sometimes while in shed, especially if it's extra stressed, like from moving to a new home, the snake's nostrils and mouth can swell a bit, making clicking and wheezing noises that are quite alarming. Then it will go back to normal after the shed.
    It's also possible that there is a tiny bit of stuck shed around the nostrils that didn't come off. One of the Rosy babies I sold last Christmas got taken to the vet a few weeks ago, from acting very similar to what you described. I didn't see how it should have gotten one, since the owner sounded to have good husbandry. They took her in anyway and found it was a stuck piece of shed in her nostrils and was an easy fix.
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    thank you! it's good to hear that it's not a super emergency I was really worried. I took him to the vet and it turns out that he did have an RI. He is on a shot of antibiotics every 3 days for 10 shots but other than that he is a happy snake now! ( except for shot Days then he pouts the rest of the day)

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    Sorry, I didn't notice the date on your post.

    Glad to hear that he is getting the right treatments!
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