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Old 01-08-18, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New addition - Morelia Bredli python

Hey everyone, picked up this beautiful baby Bredlis python from the Reptile Super Show expo in Pomona just the other day. The show was pretty amazing, I saw tons of stuff I had never seen before, and lots of beautiful snakes. This little guy (or girl, not sure yet) I had to do a little research about before buying, I knew he was essentially like a carpet python (just because of the taxonomy), which was cool because I've had a ton of interested in carpet pythons. There were a lot of other Bredlis at the expo but this one was by far the youngest. I was surprised at no initial nip handling, but apparently they are a pretty docile species.

I set him up in his temp tank with a UTH, water, hide, stick, & forest floor. I didn't handle him to transfer, didn't want to add any stress, I put his container in the tank and nudged him out, as we still had a 6 hour drive back home. Once I got home I set him up in an appropriate-sized exo-terra, but when I transferred him I noticed a mite. I had never seen a mite before, so I had to look it up. I looked him over thoroughly, didn't see anything else. Looked over everything he was in, all through the substrate and everything else.

The more concerning thing to me is that he hasn't been able to fully extend his tongue, it seems to only come out very little. You can see this in my 4th picture, it only comes out that far. I have seen that in the past as an RI symptom, with snakes not able to open their mouths properly. I held him up to my ear to listen for popping, but he's so small, I don't know if I could hear it if he did.

Aside from that, I feel like he's kind of lethargic, especially for a morelia. I had to tap him a couple times because he was sitting for so long in the same position, odd positions. Eventually he climbed and perched on the stick. He didn't seem to do much when handling, but he climbs and perches just fine in his enclosure. I don't want to handle him any more for several days, he's quarantined on my desk so I can at least keep an eye on him.

Anyways, I just want to make sure he's healthy and do what I can to care for him properly. Anyone out there with experience owning this kind of species is greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-08-18, 04:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: New addition - Morelia Bredli python

Just make sure to keep him far from any of your other snakes, mites can travel very far and spread harmful diseases. What information did you get from the person you bought it from? I recommend keeping your enclosure completely sterile, this means swapping all hides for plastic ones, and remove any substrate you are currently using and switch to paper towels. I recommend placing your snake in a tub of warm water as it may be dehydrated. I recommend using DeFlea's Reptile Mite spray found on amazon,

https://www.amazon.com/DeFlea-Reptil...+spray+reptile

This product doesn't use toxins so it is safe to spray inside the cage with your animal still in it, as well as the water bowl. Use F10 Veterinary disinfectant in a 10 percent solution to clean your animal, and sanitize any of it's cage accessories.

https://www.amazon.com/F10SC-Veterin...y+disinfectant

I hope this helps, just be sure to be careful when handling all of your snakes in the future. Never wear the same clothes when handling this snake, and then switching over to another. This sterile period of using mite spray and veterinary disinfectant should last a minimum of 30 days and you should not see a single mite at that point. Beware as the mites can travel to different places very easily, don't be alarmed if you find mites on another animal, and follow the same precautions.
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Old 01-08-18, 09:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: New addition - Morelia Bredli python

Thank you DJC, I appreciate the information! The vendor advised me of his feed schedule and general setup recommendations. I also asked if captive bred, which they said he is, I imagine there's no way to know for sure, but he's pretty docile.

I will definitely pick up some of that spray and keep a very close eye on the rest of the collection. I didn't think to soak him, I tried to show him where his water bowl was and coax him to drink, but he didn't seem interested. Maybe warm water would get him more interested in hydration.

Last night he wasn't looking too good, fell from his perch and just sort of stayed there, half suspended. I had just woken up and thought he was dead, but he reacted quick enough when I went to retrieve him. His movements still seem kind of weak, I'm going to have to schedule a vet appointment soon if he doesn't look any better this week.
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Old 01-09-18, 12:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Australia has very specific Wild caught animal regulations and it is much easier to believe your animal is captive bred then wild caught. It seems your animal is also plagued with an underlying disease, often caused by mites. Most likely a respiratory infection, but it is vital you see a vet soon as it may not be so simple.
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Re: New addition - Morelia Bredli python

Nice looking Bredli Cobra. I have one that's still growing on me. I agree with DJC about putting him on paper towels until you know he's might free and keep him far away from your other snakes. I really hope he doesn't have an RI but if you suspect he does I'd advise a trip to the vet asap. A reputable breeder really shouldn't sell a sick animal. The mites you could have picked up from another source at the show. Best wishes with getting him in good health. Keep us posted on your progress.
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