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Old 04-02-21, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Snakes died - advice requested

I hadn't seen my Valley garter for a while and went searching for him. I found him under something about 10 days ago, already partially dessicated and decomposing. I pulled him out and there was a little resistance, so I'm thinking he may have gotten stuck on part of the enclosure somehow (it's an Exo Terra). He was growing and doing well up to the point he went missing. His tank mate is doing fine as far as I can tell.

But today I found my Kingsnake dead. He hadn't eaten in about a month but I wasn't too concerned considering how long snakes can go without food. I've had him for two years and he'd been eating, defecating, and shedding just fine. Some of the mice had thawed in the freezer and I thought maybe that is why he wasn't eating, but maybe I fed him a bad mouse.

Both snakes were housed separately in bioactive setups with heat lamps for heat. The Kingsnake had a heated ledge to sit on as well.

Any advice is appreciated - I have two snakes still and want to make sure the same doesn't happen to them.

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Old 04-09-21, 12:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Snakes died - advice requested

I've had a handful of unexplained deaths among various species of snakes. Mostly young ones, less than a year old. Not every snake is born or hatches completely healthy, and regardless of proper care they simpy turn up dead.
8.6 Dominican red mountain boas, 1.1 carpet pythons, 1.1 BCI, 4 ATB, 1.1 climacophora, 1.1 Russian rats, 1 Candoia, 1.1 prasina, 1.1 speckled kings, 2.2.1 corns, 1.1 black rats, 1.1 savu, 1.1 Stimson's, 1 spotted python, .1 Boiga nigriceps, 3 Olive house snakes, 1 Sonoran mountain king, 0.1 Sinoloan milk snake, 0.1 Dione rat snake.
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Old 04-09-21, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Snakes died - advice requested

Without a necropsy we won't know for certain. Sounds like you did everything correctly. If you want you can toss any of those mice left over and buy a new batch for your remaining snakes.
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