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Old 01-22-04, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy respiratory infection contagious?

I have a 2' blood, a 2' ball, and my son has a 4' ball. A friend of my son bought a little ball 5 months ago, and recently told me it didn't look good, and asked if I could take it in and try to help it. Well, he brought it over tonight and it looks horrible! I told him that he's not getting it back because of the deplorable condition it was in, and he was incapable of caring for it. I mean, how frigging hard is a ball python to care for!?!
Anyway, I soaked the dehydrated little guy in some warm water for about 2 hours, and eye dropped some water in his throat, removed 2 stuck sheds, and rubbed him down till he came around. I was told he hadn't eaten in about 4 months!I then put him in a spare tank that i have, and thawed a mouse for him, which he took pretty quickly, although he was weak. I noticed that he must have an RI because of the weezing/whistling sound. My question is this, is a RI contagious? The snake is in it's own tank, but is near my blood, and I'm not risking her health for anything. Should I put the RI snake in another room? Any help would be great.
I am taking the RI snake to a herp vet on the previous owners dime on monday....
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I am not an expert on this, but I will try and give you some information I have picked up along the way.

RI is the effect, a viral or bacterial disorder is a cause. Many of these can be contagious.

You can take the snake to a qualified vet, ask for a mouth swab and culture test. This will tell you if there is something bacterial, like a type of Pseudomonas for example. If that is the case, the vet should also get list of antibiotics that will treat it effectively, as well as a resistancy chart - antibiotics that should not be used.

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Old 01-23-04, 12:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thumbs down RI little ball

Well, I checked on the snake, and noticed the mouse partially out of his mouth, and the snake was dead.....
He seemed to have been coming around, and doing better, but I guess I was wrong. He was in pretty bad shape when he arrived. Too bad some irresponsible people purchase snakes, and find they can't care for them properly. Badly dehydrated, emaciated, 2 stuck sheds, and an RI to boot! Really a shame...
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That's too bad, sorry to hear that, at least you tried.

If you are still concerned about your collection, you could still talk to the vet about seeing the dead snake.

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I'm sorry to hear about yet another case of neglect leading to the death of a reptile. Thank you for trying though.
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Angry shame

Yeah, it really sucked...
You would think that a pet store, which is where it came from, would give a care sheet, or an idea of the care that it needed, or something. He got a box with a snake in it. Sure, he's an idiot for not going online, or investigating info somewhere. But shouldn't the store feel some responsibility?
I wish he had gotten a hold of me or my son sooner. I think the cold temps, and dehydration, put the snake into a dormant stage. When I warmed him up, he tried to feed asap, but the RI really showed when he began to move and breath as he normally would. The 2 stuck sheds didn't help either...
What a shame...
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