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Old 01-27-18, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is my ball python dead??

Hello! Iíve had my ball python for about 3 weeks now. Heís about 6 months old. When I woke up this morning I found him kind of stretched out with his tail curved and head facing the floor of the tank. Heís not moving at all. I picked him up and poked around him a bit. No response. The temperature in his tank is 86 degrees. His eyes are open though. How do I know if heís dead?
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Old 01-27-18, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Is my ball python dead??

Since snakes can not close their eyes, you can't use this as an indicator of if an animal is dead or not. I suspect that if you pick up your snake and they are completely unresponsive with no movement at all and the head and tail hang down, then there's a pretty good chance that the snake is dead. Sorry about your loss. Were there any other symptoms prior to its demise?
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Old 01-29-18, 09:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for your response. He didnít make it unfortunately. He was pretty normal beforehand so Iím not exactly sure what caused his death. The only thing I really could say was different was his skin. He was pretty wrinkly so I figured he was starting the shedding process. He did seem pretty weak as well but I heard that was normal for shedding. Not sure what I could have done differently
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Sorry to hear that. Always a tough thing to lose a pet.
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Old 02-01-18, 12:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Is my ball python dead??

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Thank you for your response. He didnít make it unfortunately. He was pretty normal beforehand so Iím not exactly sure what caused his death. The only thing I really could say was different was his skin. He was pretty wrinkly so I figured he was starting the shedding process. He did seem pretty weak as well but I heard that was normal for shedding. Not sure what I could have done differently
It could have been cancer, some cardiac arrest or some other health event we can't see or they don't show symptoms of.
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A wrinkly appearance is often the result of dehydration, for what it's worth.
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