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Old 07-30-04, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Respiratory Infection In Snakes?

Hey all,
Just wondering if anyone can tell me the symptoms of respiratory infection in snakes. Have an animal that I have been monitoring because I think he might have it but not sure.
Are there any tell-tale signs?

Is it contageous and should he be place far away from my other herps?

The animal I have been monitoring is a young male borneo short tail python. He is a little aggressive and when he puffs up/hisses when he is angry it sounds more like a wheese than a hiss. Any thoughts? His living requirements have been met and I keep other borneos in the same type of setup and have had no problems.

If anyone could help me out or give me a link to a good site with this info that would be great.

Avery Exotics
"An 8-Legged Walk On The Wild Side"
Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-717-3499
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Classic signs include labored breathing, abnormal breathing sounds and sometimes bubbles from the nostrils....
but even a lethargic snake can have pneumonia.....ultimately x-rays with your vet can confirm your suspicion well as a white blood cell count...

in the meantime you should increase the temp. in the enclosure by up to 5F .......quarantine the animal and monitor the rest

good luck
Dr. D. Auger DVM
c/o Blair Animal Hospital
849 Shefford Rd
Ottawa Ont. Canada
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