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PostSubject: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:38 pm

I haven't been in the rescue business in 20 years, but word gets around I do reptiles and therefore...

..so I come home to a 10 gallon tank with a ball python in it.
Pine bedding, looks like it hadn't been changed in....well ever.
60 watt house bulb for heat
no water.
no hide box
Snake is perhaps 3 feet long

Snake is emaciated, no fat on it, can feel spine, it's very prominent. Bad sheds on it, no muscle mass.
I picked it up to put in a tub of warm water and it defecated, lots of air bubbles, white liquid and green (bright green) watery stools.

Cleaned out and bleached the hell out of everything.
Put in clean water, hide box, newspaper, proper heat lamp.
Snake went and hide immediately
Never stuck tongue out while exploring and never fought me when I was cleaning off sheds.

Clearly sick, I'm mainly concerned if the green stool is a sign of salmonella or not.

Suggestions?
Anyone want a sick ball?
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:19 pm

I would defiantly take it to a vet, it's probably sick I don't know if its salmonella. I would care for it but I don't have a huge place to keep it away from my healthy balls.
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:48 pm

A warm gateraide soak helps bring up the energy and helps to rehydrate. First meal should be a rat pinkā€¦make sure it can digest that before giving it prey with a developed skeleton and hair.
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:40 am

ChuckHurd wrote:
A warm gateraide soak helps bring up the energy and helps to rehydrate.

Gatorade.

+1, efficient.
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:58 am

I remember the Gatorade soak from years ago, will do that and rat pinks. Will let you know how it goes
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:17 pm

good luck! if it can process the pink rats, should be able to recover...
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:50 pm

Put in 3 rat pups, 2 live, 1 not. "Lucky" is currently eating the live ones. I good sign I think. Didn't get Gatorade, got Pedialyte instead.
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:41 pm

Would you be able to post pictures of the snake? Its very kind of you to take it in like you did, though I cant imagine a reptile enthusiast who would not.
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:10 pm

Sorry for the delay here, I bought a house and have been moving. Lucky eats well, and her stool is normal now, still more triangular than round in her body, but the food I hope will fix that.
He shed once already and underneath looked so much better. Fresh shiny and clean. Some scales tore in the shed, but healed up quickly.
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:33 pm



Here is a really overexposed shot (forgot my camera was set for concert work) of Lucky, but you can see the spine clearly.
Shy, but eating, and curious about his surroundings, which I take as a good sign
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PostSubject: Re: Ball Python dropped at my door, sick I think   Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:54 pm

He has a neat pattern. Glad to hear he's doing well.
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