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PostSubject: Bad Day :/   Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:18 am

Our four-year-old Spider male died today. He had been acting a bit "off" the past few days, with slightly more head-wobbling than was normal even for him. He has always had a history of having the really awful spider wobble, so I didn't think it was too odd. He's always been very "spacey" with some quirks that constantly had me panicking. He very frequently laid upside down, star-gazed, and yawned/gaped for no reason. We have taken him to vets before out of fear that his behavior was indicative of health issues many times, but it always turned up that he was just kind of a weirdo.

I checked on everyone and refilled water bowls at noon today, before I left to go to my parents'. When I got home at around 7 pm, he was cold and dead, with rigor already set in. I have no idea what happened. Nothing in the snake rack has changed dramatically in the past few weeks, much less recently. The worst part is that he did die in the rack, so if it was anything long-dormant, who knows what could happen, although no snakes have been added to the main rack in a year, the two snakes I've bought in 2012 and the normal female who we've had health concerns for are in another room in a smaller rack. I have him frozen and I'm calling tomorrow to schedule a necropsy.

He was the second Ball Python we ever got and he was the first morph. Today really isn't going very well. Ugh.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Day :/   Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:23 pm

First off let me say Sorry for your loss. You will find that most vets would have preferred that you refrigated the animal vise freezing. Freezing causes cell damage, and other problems that my cover the cause of death.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Day :/   Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Bad Day :/   Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:08 pm

I'm sorry for your loss.
To be on the safe side I would clean and decontaminate his enclosure ASAP.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Day :/   Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:29 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Bad Day :/   Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:38 pm

Yeah, I pulled his tub, scrubbed the hell out of it and it's currently outside drying. I transferred him from the freezer to the refrigerator for the necropsy, since it's going to be on Wednesday.

Thanks, everyone for the suggestions and the condolences. :/ It sucks.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Day :/   Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:33 pm

srry 8(
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Day :/   Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:06 am

So according to the base of the necropsy, he had an enlarged heart. The vet is suspecting that they may have been the problem, but he ran some other tests that won't turn results for a few days. He said that the enlarged heart would cause a reduced life span, but that the snake would otherwise seem pretty healthy.

I'm hoping that that's all it was: a case of crappy genetics. :c
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