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Ball Python passing away.

Discussion in 'Snakes' started by Killerrookie, Jan 17, 2018.

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  1. Killerrookie

    Killerrookie Well-Known Member

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    Hello, friends, I want your thoughts on what could of happened to Harlee my gfs snake she got back in September.
    She bought a the snake at a reptile convention in Chicago from LLLReptiles. The snake seemed very healthy and active. He wasn’t eating for a couple months, but I told her not to worry about it because they tend to be finicky eaters.
    When I arrived to visit my gf I decided to help and get the snake to eat. I successfully got him to eat his mouse and we were happy. This was on January 9th.
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    Fast forward to January 15th we decided to clean out his enclosure. Using white distilled vinegar and water. Replaced the substrate. When doing that I checked in the fella and a weird odor was coming from him. The smell to me was similar to something decaying. I gave him a warm bath to help get rid of the smell then placed him back in the enclosure.
    Throughout the week he seemed fine. Always checked on him and was active and seemed healthy to me.
    January 17th, Girlfriend wanted to handle him so I went to grab the little bugger. What I found was shocking to me. He was stiff and dead. I don’t know what the cause of death was, but he was reading. The smell was just like the one I smelt Monday. It was very strong this time around.
    Here are some pictures of him dead.
    Maybe you guys could help figure out what happened?
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    If you have anymore questions just ask and I’ll answer them. Thank you guys.
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  2. Bambam1989

    Bambam1989 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry about your loss.
    What was the temperatures in the enclosure?
    Did you ever notice the snake twisting or "corkscrewing" randomly, perhaps a twitching of the head?
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  3. Killerrookie

    Killerrookie Well-Known Member

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    The temperature was 85F where the heat mat was and the ambient temp was around 75
    I never noticed any twitching or “corkscrewing” going on.
    He would coil up at times when handled though.
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    Well it doesn't sound like he over heated. And there weren't any signs of IBD.
    It could have been a contaminated mouse..
    More experienced snake keepers could have a better idea.
    Without an autopsy it's impossible to say for sure.
  5. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I wouldn't have a clue. Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss.
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    Hello, first let me say I'm very sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a pet. These are just some ideas, in a couple of your pictures the body in spots almost looks kind of flat, then it'll look normal and then flat again. I'm wondering if he had some kind of blockage. He also looks like he may have been dehydrated, he may have also been loaded with parasites. The foul odor that you described, I am wondering if he was not able to digest his meal. Was he defecating at all? If they don't hit the right body heat, I believe their meal rather than being digested will just rot inside them.
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    Team Gomberg IXOYE 5 Year Member

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    You need to take this to
    Ball-pythons.net

    It's the TFO for balls. Hopefully, you'll get some answers there.

    I'm so sorry
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    He looks very thin to me.
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    harris Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    He should be thin. Poor fella passed away 11 mos ago.;)
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