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Hello,
I have an Amazon Tree Boa.  I am not sure how old it is but it is not a Baby.  My question is how often should it be eating.  I am finding that it only wants to eat every 3-4 weeks.  Is this normal for an ATB.  Another question I have is are they known for being lazy?  I mean it basically just sits under the basking lamp (88 degrees) all the time.  It has gone over to the cooler side but very rarely.thanks

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Dean,

Thanks for your question. Yes, it is perfectly normal for any snake, not just your type, to only eat every 3-4 weeks. Typically, as you may know, a snake should get a meal slightly larger than its head and about as big around as the largest part of its body. This size meal should be good enough for a few weeks, but I would go no more than 3 weeks without feeding them again, they can go very long without food, but in my experience, about every 3 weeks is the best.

And yes, it is also perfectly normal for your snake to be basking and to be seemingly lazy. In the wild, this type of snake does the same thing, soaks up the sun and warmth during the day, and typically becomes more active at night, which is when they normally hunt. Rarely will boa or constrictor types be very active at all, it's just how they are.

If I can answer any further questions, please ask!

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I can answer questions about what kind of snake to buy and what to look for in terms of health. How to determine gender, what to feed, types of snakes and behaviors. I can answer questions regarding catching snakes, handling venomous, venomous knowledge questions. I cannot answer questions regarding breeding or hatching or health questions that should be answered by a vet, I have no medical knowledge on snakes other than simple health questions.

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I grew up on a reptile farm in Florida where my dad bred, raised and sold many kinds of reptiles, mainly snakes and gained much knowledge from this. The experience sparked my own fascination for snakes, which I now own two of my own and constantly capture wild snakes to study for certain periods of time.

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