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Old 05-30-12, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snake Jaw Alignment Or Broken - HELP

I am not exactly sure what happened, but it seems like my Capret Python did something to his jaw and his lip is receding. I am very worried, he seems to rubbing his head into the ground due to the irritation of it, as well as, opening his mouth in attempts to reset his jaw. What should I do? I don't really want to take him to a vet due to my previous experiences with vets only making things worse.

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Old 05-30-12, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Snake Jaw Alignment Or Broken - HELP

Here's what you need to do. First get a Q-tip or something to careful open it's mouth. When you open it's mouth look to make sure it doesn't have a snagged tooth. If it does very carefully unsnag it. I had it happen twice once with a Ball that snagged it tooth while eating. A tooth from his bottom jaw got stuck on the upper jaw. Couple years latter i had my big Carpet do the same thing.

If it's not a snagged tooth then just leave it alone and in a few days the snake should be able to just pop it's jaw back into place. As it ate recently?
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Re: Snake Jaw Alignment Or Broken - HELP

He was able to get most of his lip back to normal, however there is still a part of his lip on his right side that looks crooked. Should I try to disinfect the area if I open his mouth and see blood?

Yes, he had just finished eating and then about 20 mind later I noticed this. Although, he didn't have the.problem as soon as he finished eating. He may have struck the glass or something
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Sound like it's just dislodged.
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Chuck has already covered it. I'd check for snagged tooth and then just wait; he'll probably realign his jaw back himself. It's unlikely that the jaw is broken if it happened during feeding.
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as has been said check that his lips not caught on a tooth

i had a jag strike the side of his tank and bruise his bottom left jaw

it took 2 to 3 months to sort itself out,but it did go back to normal

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Thanks, I just worried myself from other sources that I read online. He doesn't seem to be stressed out anymore, and he is acting normal. I'll give it a couple weeks to sort out.

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Re: Snake Jaw Alignment Or Broken - HELP

I have had a dumeril's boa do this after striking and missing, and she righted herself after two days....and I have had my sand boa have a dislodged lower jaw/chin...it was more towards the end of her face, chin area, instead of jaw..kind of where the split is on their chin that opens up when they expand for food.
That was entirely my fault and i *freaked* out.
I got very dramatic : )
She managed to fix herself, and after about a week looked normal....however she did let it sag a big when she ate. She eats perfectly fine now, months later.
Time heals all wounds so they say!
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BTW you shouldn't see any blood if you open the mouth. If you can hold him still to see if the skin is caught on a tooth...you can carefully use something dull but precise to unhook it. If you dont' see that, then i'd just let it be for a while and he'll adjust it : )
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Thanks, I just worried myself from other sources that I read online. He doesn't seem to be stressed out anymore, and he is acting normal. I'll give it a couple weeks to sort out.

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did you open his mouth and check his lip is NOT caught on a tooth ?

if it is.....

i use a wooden pencil to open its mouth and check

re holding the head steady.....

get a firm grip of the snakes head

put your thumb on the right side of his bottom jaw

put your wedding ring finger on the left side of his jaw

put your index finger and the one next to it,on top of his head

the back of his neck and head should be,tight/firmly,up against the palm of your hand

the top of his head being held downwards,with your index finger and the one next to it

re pencil.....

place the pencil HORIZONTALLY on the edge of his lips,at the very front of his mouth

gently wiggle/rub the pencil on his lips,until you can get the pencil in a few millimeters

then edge the pencil towards the back of the mouth,gently but firmly lift his TOP jaw up,as you move towards the back of his mouth

work your way ALL the way to the BACK of his mouth,until you can go NO further

his mouth should now be wide open

re if his lips stuck on a tooth.....

i would have decent light in the room and a TORCH,to shine in his mouth,to look for any teeth in the lip,a pair of decent tweezers

the tooth may be still " attached " to the snake,so care will have to be taken,as to not break/damage the tooth,while unhooking the lip.....

when dealing with a perfectly healthy tooth,stuck in a snakes lip,you must firmly but gently,take hold of the skin on his lip,then unhook it from the tooth

the tooth may also have been,pulled out,or broken,by the lip

if the tooths broken,make sure you get all the tooth out the lip,if you leave a piece in,it may lead to an infection

if your snake has broke a tooth,make sure its all out,until it heals,keep an eye on it for infection

if theres broken tooth still in the socket ,the take him to a VET

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my apology's if you already knew the above

let us know how it goes mate

all the best shaun
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Thanks for the detailed information. His jaw looks fine now, if not for some minor bruising. I'd imagine that he will make a full recovery by next week.
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Thanks for the detailed information. His jaw looks fine now, if not for some minor bruising. I'd imagine that he will make a full recovery by next week.
don't worry too much if it's NOT healed by next week

i've found snakes to be quite slow healers

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Hey Rammsteinxx, just wondering what 'permission' i need to see you pics? it says i dont have permission.. trying to see if its the same damage that our 'sneaky' has done to her lip.. how did your's go,did it heal? if so what did you do? Do you know what caused it?...cheers Jenny
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Hey Rammsteinxx, just wondering what 'permission' i need to see you pics? it says i dont have permission.. trying to see if its the same damage that our 'sneaky' has done to her lip.. how did your's go,did it heal? if so what did you do? Do you know what caused it?...cheers Jenny
Until you make a few posts the forum system won't let you post photo's or see photo's.. It's a security thing to stop fake profiles etc
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Hey Rammsteinxx, just wondering what 'permission' i need to see you pics? it says i dont have permission.. trying to see if its the same damage that our 'sneaky' has done to her lip.. how did your's go,did it heal? if so what did you do? Do you know what caused it?...cheers Jenny
hello and welcome

could you post pictures of your snake,it will give people an idea of what your dealing with

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