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Posted by fredhammes on February 05, 2003 at 16:29:46:
In Reply to: Mouth Rot posted by jupomp on February 04, 2003 at 22:43:18:
Mouth rot is different from traumatic injury, however, both could progress into potntially serious conditions, and would certainly warrent a visit to the vet IMHO.
I think the first thing I would do is cover or remove and replace the mesh from the habitat. A Basilisk is a very quick and agressive feeer, and sometimes quite active. Removing any souce of possible injury is important, as ha's not gonna "learn better" and suddenly start avoiding it! Also, because of a Basilisks slender toes, the possibility of him getting them caught in the mesh and breaking them off is great. I've seen it happen. It's epecially important to be sure he doesn't become defecient in his diet, as their sleder bones are prone to breakage.
Removing the cause of irritation, and, perhaps cleaning the wound with a betadine soultion, checking to make sure the inside of the mouth is clean, and without discharge, may be the best thing to do initially.
He won't like it, and just keep your hands clear. I can tell you that a Basilisk's bite can be extremely painful!
Best of luck to you. I am a great fan of the Basilisk. I'd love to see a pic of yours, if you can post one!