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Old 09-28-17, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my cali kingsnake maybe be haven an infection she has not eaten in 4 weeks now. and is sneezing and saw bubbles in her mouth today. How do i fix it. how did it happen. Are the vet cost high. i am 16 so my bugdet is not that high.

I have been exipermenting with lots of lamps because of she did not eat. now the temp is 28 degrees but at night it drops to 20 degrees.

i am worried sick and i need someone that can help me.
how do i treat her
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Old 09-28-17, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help i think my snake has a infection!!!

It sounds like your snake may have an RI. You'll need to schedule a visit to the vet. Not sure about the costs but it's something we all have to be prepared for when keeping animals. I hope your critter recovers fully and quickly.
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Yes, need a vet to treat RI...you can give it 1-2 days now that she keeps warm and see if it subsides on it's own without since at least now you have your temps correct.. night drop to 20 is ok.

Probably this is what happened when her daytime temp was 22 and night likely lower than your current 20. If you also sprayed with water in the evening or day for humidity's sake, this would of made matters a worse (read: colder).

If you spray for humidity and you have quite a large night drop to the low 20s, then don't spray in the evening but morning. If you spray at all.
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Yes, need a vet to treat RI...you can give it 1-2 days now that she keeps warm and see if it subsides on it's own without since at least now you have your temps correct.. night drop to 20 is ok.

Probably this is what happened when her daytime temp was 22 and night likely lower than your current 20. If you also sprayed with water in the evening or day for humidity's sake, this would of made matters a worse (read: colder).

If you spray for humidity and you have quite a large night drop to the low 20s, then don't spray in the evening but morning. If you spray at all.
Shall i raise humidity or decrease so dont spray for 2 days ??
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You need to get humidity where it should be (like 40%) and no, don't spray when a kingsnake has an RI. The only time a cali king will need a spray is when humidity drops below 20%, which in general household environments equals never. Ideally they are kept at or around 40% humidity which can be accomplished with substrate choice alone.

If it doesn't go away rapidly -- go to a vet, it's important. An RI can be innocent (just like we can have a light cold) but can turn real ugly real quick because snakes can't cough like we can, so their lungs can fill with liquid and they literally drown.

If you see your snake lifting his head up (looking up consistently) this is a very bad sign and need to go to a vet asap. It means his lungs are filling up and the snake is using gravity to push the liquid down so he can breathe.

The best is always and ever to go to a vet the moment you realize your snake has an RI.
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