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Old 07-23-17, 02:47 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: Unhealthy mock viper

Do the scales look dull? Most snakes look shiny, almost wet, when not in shed, but the scales will look "dull" when in shed. If this is the case, your snake is in shed.

Mind you, I'm not an expert, but I've never heard of any animal "suddenly" going blind, or opaque, overnight...it would be more gradual. Whomever told you that your snake doesn't go "blue", was blowing smoke up your <fill in the blank> since all snakes and lizards shed though not in one always piece. Even turtles shed skin, jut not their shell.


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It seems like my snake has gone blind, both eyes are slightly cloudy and the snake doesn't react when I test it's eyes. I would say it was shedding except I was told that this species doesn't go blue eyed before sheds. Is this a problem or is it still likely just shedding?
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Old 07-24-17, 12:34 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It seems like my snake has gone blind, both eyes are slightly cloudy and the snake doesn't react when I test it's eyes. I would say it was shedding except I was told that this species doesn't go blue eyed before sheds. Is this a problem or is it still likely just shedding?
Likely shedding.
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Old 08-07-17, 06:03 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Re: Unhealthy mock viper

Hi I've got an update: the mock vipers eyes are now both opaque white, this seems like normal shedding behavior except the snake has been like this for a while. I haven't fed her in maybe 3 weeks. I saw her on the ground limp today and picked her up. It seemed like she ate some coconut husk so I used a tweezer to pick it out of her mouth. I picked her up and she was very limp- she mostly moved her tail and made no motion towards moving her head. I felt along her and although she looks quite thin at the top I felt two or three round bumps at the bottom- she was sold to me a possibly gravid so they might be eggs. What is causing her behavior? How can I help her shed quickly. Is this normal behavior or do I need to get her to the vet quickly?
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Old 08-08-17, 12:59 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Re: Unhealthy mock viper

Read the other thread about the female passing...sorry about your loss!

My Anthill Python dropped a clutch right before I received her--good thing since I have no experience or enclosure for eggs--and she dropped an infertile "jelly bean" egg just after I got her. I guess I got lucky.
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