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Old 12-06-02, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS in snakes?

I think my female had crypto b/c she had a real big inflamtion in the stomach area. From what i understand (i know) its higly contageous. My male was in in the same cage w/ my infected female for a long time. Well, the female died and since crypto is highly contageous(real high) you would think it wil have it. It hasn't shown ANY signs of crypto. It eats well, drinks, and does everything you would excpect from a normal snake. My question is could it still have it although it doesn't show any signs??? Any info on crypto WOULD BE A GREAT HELP b/c i don't want to infect any of my snakes with it......

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Old 12-06-02, 11:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope my snake doesn't have it.
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Old 12-07-02, 12:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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there were a few threads on crypto, if you're male isn't suffering from crypto he could be a carrier, lucky or the female didn't have crypto... did you get the female examined after death? only positive way to tell as it doesn't always show in the stools
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Old 12-07-02, 12:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you suspect your snake has crypto, i would highly recommend having it put down.. I know it sounds harsh but its untreatable, can contaminate your other animals, etc.

Have a vet check it out, if its positive you have the big decision to make. Personally i wouldn't let my snake deal with it, nor would i risk other animals and the ultimate spread of crypto.

good luck on your decision, and i hope the results are negative. Good luck

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Crypto is almost immune to sanitization. you cant bleach it, it has a shell that acts as armor (sounds pretty alien doesnt it?) it lives in the intestines causing severe runny diareah that ultimately dehydrates the animal to death. In reptiles its far worse since they store fats and liquids for reserve, once these are gone the animal is pretty well a lost cause. Also, iam not an expert on it, ive just done some research. from what ive read crypto can be contracted by humans and other pets. And is 100% incurable for now. is offline  
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I read on another forum that someone seems to have had some (limited?) success treating crypto in leopard geckos using Baycox... anyone have any further info on this drug or treating crypto with it?
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