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Posted by Damon Salceies on March 17, 2003 at 23:48:32:
In Reply to: eggs posted by tunahound on March 17, 2003 at 21:43:37:
Had the vet not administered oxytocin, you may have been able to use a large guage-needled syringe to partially aspirate the contents of the eggs through the body wall. While I've never had to use that technique with my tree pythons, it's worked very well with Colubrids. Relieving just a small amount of pressure often helps the female to pass the eggs. Since the vet did administer oxytocin, the oviduct is no doubt very tightly adhered to the eggs. I'm afraid you have only two real options at this point....arrange surgery to remove the bound eggs, or wait it out. In any case it's likely that the female will not breed again. Surgery, no matter how precise, often leaves enough scar tissue on the oviduct that the female will likely bind again were she to progress through another reproductive bout. Waiting is very rarely fruitful and often sees the female to an untimely death due to complications when the eggs harden inside her. It's a difficult position to be in and I feel for you. Hopefully she'll pass them on her own and it will be a non-issue. Keep her well hydrated (even if you have to give her SQ injections of normal saline). Make sure she has a comfortable place where she might lay the remainder of the clutch and keep your fingers crossed.
Take care and keep us posted!