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    hey last night i went to check on her and all was well, about 10 mins later she started to sort of twich just the top half of her really jumpy movements the when she started moving she was really jerky. ive only seen this once before and that was last week.
    When the jerks start she starts moving quite fast she then calms down as they start to pass. Do you think this could be connected to why shes off her food?
    what do you think it is?
    its really scary to watch!!
    dont wanna be a pest and bug you, but someone once said the only way to learn is to ask questions.

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    You're not bugging us, we love answering questions.

    I think that it is connected to why she's not eating. Sounds like she's looking for a mate.

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    By 'jerk', do you mean twitching in an uncoordinated manner, or do you mean making very rapid, yet purposeful movements about the cage? The former is worth a trip to the vet, the latter is just something high-metabolism snakes do sometimes. I know the gliding treesnakes in lab move like that all the time.

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    you know i would like to say its the last one but i just dont think it is...she has never moved like this apart from that one time lst wk, this was really odd movement.

    hey thanks ozzy.... you really should'nt have said that though i'll be bombarding you with q's now!!

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    At this point, then, a trip to a reputable herp vet would be useful. It might be nothing, but best to check.

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    hmmmmmmm from the sounds of it to me atleast, you sure its a "she"? sounds like it might be a "he" and well, he's looking for some action

    dont think ive heard of one doing that without a female present though i have to admit i have minimal experiance with breeding snakes.

    all in all a trip to a herp vet might not be a bad idea if for no other reason than to settle your mind
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    hey guys, been havin some comp trouble and havent been able to reply!!
    I got her checked out to find out if she was a female and was told she most definatly is, was going to take her to see someone about all this but shes just gone in to shed again, i dont handle her during this period at all..
    do you think that i should let her shed and recover then take her or just get her there asap??

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    So long as the snake isn't losing weight, it'd be OK to wait until after the shed. Also, you might want to try feeding agian after the shed. Shed cycles seem to be linked to a lot of hormone cycles in snakes, with animals shedding before they lay eggs and suchlike.

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