NO. I don't believe it hurts. Not from what I've been told by vets anyway. But it is hard on their system. They don't do much at all during the few days leading up to a shed. The first sign that I see in mine (I only have one right now) is the eyes will get cloudy; this would be the eye scale loosening off of course. This will last for anywhere from 48 to 72 hours. Then, the eyes will clear but they won't move hardly at all for about 24 to 48 hours more. Then, all of the sudden, I'll walk by the enclosure and she will be moving around and there will be a shed skin and, usually, a nice fresh pile of poop. I try not to move or handle this snake while she's in this shed period 'cause she gets kinda crabby. She's only struck at me once when I've had to move her while her eyes were cloudy but I can tell that she never likes it.
Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett
These pics are about 6 months old. I'm feeding fairly frequently so that the snake will grow rapidly so that I can get an idea of how big this one will get. Then I can build a larger permanent enclosure.
This boa is the best eater I've ever had. She'd eat constantly if I'd let her. She eats quick, kills clean (no mistakes) and truly seems to enjoy it (I realize that this comment is me as a human assigning human things to animals).
BTW, since we're on the subject of my snake, how I got her is kind of a neat story.
A talk radio station I listen to at midday has a host that has been on the radio (in one form or another) in that city for 35+ years. Needless to say, he has quite a local following. He's not a political or "shock jock" host, just a local issue main topic in the news type of host.
Anyway, his daughter is a vet. (Stay with me here.) She and another vet ran a cat rescue clinic/foundation. When Katrina hit the gulf coast, the two vets went down to help. They went down, with permission, totally volunteer and they were funded, including vehicle by her dads listeners. We all heard daily updates of the animals (thousands) and the people and of the problems and trouble.
These two vets decided to bring some of the animals home to the central valley here, and made arrangements to do so. Then hurricane Rita came in and all displacement plans for the animals were cancelled and the vets (most all of them) were sent back home, out of the way of Rita.
Well, the radio hosts daughter has never been one to leave a job undone and went on the radio with her dad to talk about the animals and her experience and her frustration with not being able to get the animals that had been assigned to her, roughly 100 (85 +/- cats, 15 +/- dogs, a pot belly pig, a turtle (I think) and a snake.) One of the radio guys listeners (or someone that works for him) happens to be someone of considerable means. So, he anonymously donated his jet to go back and rescue "her" animals.
They held the cats and dogs for their owners for whatever length of time was required and they were able to return almost all of them to their owners. However, the pig, turtle and the snake needed to be adopted out asap as they didn't really have facilities for these animals. The word went out to the radio listeners for adoption and I IMMEDIATELY called and adopted the snake. I drove two hours each way and picked it up. I saw that it was in very fine health when I got it and my snake vet confirmed it during an initial check up and it's been living happily ever after.
My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.
"Just think how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are even stupider!" --George Carlin