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Old 01-15-18, 12:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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She is a bit sniffly I'm afraid, hope she didn't catch something serious during her 10h trip. Keeping a close eye on her!
We named this girl Luna!

And her first time with us was a horror story!! Poor girl had a serious pneumonia (and mites bah) and was very sick no more than 2 days later. She had probably traveled in the cold and draft for those 10 hours. She did not want to eat, barely had any intrest in anything at all. The seller offered to take her back and give me a different snake, I decided I did not want to put her through traveling back all that way as sick as she was. She had so much mucus in her mouth and at some point was not able to get it out, traveling back in a car for hours and hours didn't seem like a plan to me. Her gums were swollen en wet, she was drooling a lot. She shed on her own and seemed a little better for a bit, but crashed back down a few days later. I made a vet appointment asap obviously. She coulnd't close her mouth at all anymore all the day we went.



The vet gave her a shot and a follow up shot to take home. At some point after the 2 shots she started to get less responsive, it was really difficult for her to breathe. The meds weren't doing much. It seemed to make her worse, At some point I thought she was dead because she was completely unresponsive and pretty limp when I picked her up. Rinsed out her mouth and put cut onions in her tank, this seemed to help getting the slime out. Also steamed her a few times, which isn't really something I had done before but it seemed to help. She went into shed again but I had to help getting 80% off, she only got it up to her neck and gave up. It wasn't stuck perse she just had no willpower to do anything about it.


Change of meds and a few more vet visits en shots later she seemed to be a bit better. Atleast responding to touch a bit more.

She looked amazing and shiny again, and she could close her mouth now so there was definetly progress. Still beathing very raspy, but atleast catching some air. Still 0 response from her until I actually grabbed her.



About 2 weeks ago she started to get a little more active, actually exploring her enclosure instead of camping on the hottest spot she could find (I offered as hot as was still safe, it seemed to help) She by now has lost about half a kilo ever since I had started monitoring her weight and you could see it, especially in her back half. Nothing too much, it's 'only' been 4 months but it was taking a toll on her. But her being more active made me hopefull.


I have been offering her a variety of foods all this time, each time one of my snakes had to eat she was offered it first. First few weeks when she was still really sick she didnt even respond, later she looked up but then put her head back down. Once she started to move about a bit, she seemed a little interested but just as quickly lost the interest.

Then one day i sprayed her enclosure and accidentally sprayed her in the face, she looked up at me and hissed LOUDLY. I was really excited, this was the most responsive she had been since day 1!!! Then a little while later I saw her actually smelling around as I was feeding other snakes. This was a huge progress as she hadnt been smelling anything since I've had her. Her tongue didn't even come out of her mouth. We went for her last check up, and the vet had gave her a clean bill of health. She felt a lot stronger too.. Suddenly seemed to act more and more like a normal snake in a record time. (From 0 to 80% in 5 days or so)



Since it was feeding time for my smaller snakes the next day after the hissing I Figured I'd offer the food to her again. She flew up out of her hidebox and got up into it, I was really pleasantly surprised. As maybe 2 weeks ago she barely responded to any presence. She shoved around the small rat I had in the tongs (Which was actually meant for my SD retic) but it didn't seem to 'click' that she should maybe eat it.. I decided not to give up as this was the most interest she had shown in anything ever. So i decided to heat it up a good bunch, put it in a bag and the bag in hot water, the bag was apparently leaky and the rest got a little cooked on the outside. Wanted to film how much better she was responding to food so decided to grab my phone to do so.. Then this happened...



I THOUGHT MY HEAD WAS GOING TO EXPLODE. I was WITHOUT words, she Did not want anything to do with food or anything else, for months, and suddenly there was this ferocious burm wanting it now. I was so excited! She ate it very rapidly and I started defrosting a new meal for my SD... She seemed to beg for more though, why not try? Heated it up again.. Managed to keep it dry this time... Interest but no taking again... So i dipped it in scalding water, poaching it basically.. Absolutely gross and it smelled up the entire room. But again, WHAM no hesitation. It popped but she still ate it with gusta.

Decided to defrost 2 more (one for SD one for her) as 3 of these rats would make an normal small-ish meal for her. Didn't want to give her a too big meal right away. And again she took it no issues as long as it was slightly.. boiled.. (my attic smelled like guts, ew)


So after having had a sick pet brick for months that did not even look at me, she now immediatly perks up as soon as I walk by, shoving her face against the glass and follows me around the room. She hisses at me when I move her out of the way to give her fresh water. And seems to be constantly looking for food. I'll try a Large rat soon, and hope she keeps this trend going. Once she's established maybe she'll want a rabbit? who knows! Fingers crossed!

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Congrats for bringing back that beautiful snake! Lots of hard work really does pay off!!
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Yes it does! I'm glad she seems to be getting back to normal!
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She is beautiful!!
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Amazing snake! Burmese pythons are a favorite of mine, can't wait till I can get my own.
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Thanks guys, And burms are indeed amazing
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Just read this mate has I've been away for a wee while. How's she doin now for ya ?
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Nice to see you again mate! She's doing great, doesn't really like rabbits yet but eats 2 (heated) jumbo rats without issues and would probably take more haha. So I'm happy with it. She has regained most of the weight, and has shed fully twice for me since she started eating again. Actually grew a bit length wise. No issues left for her. It's nice to have 0 issues amongst all my snakes, really woulnd't know where to get the time for it all otherwise haha.
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It's good to be back. That's brilliant news mate I'm really gas to hear she's pulled through for ya she's such a beautiful girl. A pic thread with all your lot wouldn't go amiss
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Currently don't have the energy to do that, I did post one not too long ago because all my old photobucket pictures had gone missing :P Best I can do for now! It's already quite a strain to care for all of them haha. Will try to update a bit in this topic again soon: Tsubaki's snakes update.
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Currently don't have the energy to do that, I did post one not too long ago because all my old photobucket pictures had gone missing :P Best I can do for now! It's already quite a strain to care for all of them haha. Will try to update a bit in this topic again soon: Tsubaki's snakes update.
Sorry to hear that mate hope your feeling better soon it sucks being sick
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