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Posted by jfmoore on November 01, 2002 at 19:12:48:

In Reply to: I've never heard of that in Hogs? Anyone else? /np posted by chrish on October 31, 2002 at 12:36:09:

In a 7.5 year-old male southern hognose, the right ventral area of the tail just caudal to the vent became swollen with what I presumed to be an impacted musk gland. Since the snake did not appear to be otherwise adversely affected I left it alone. Fifteen months later it was possible to "peel" out a hard caseous mass of (again, presumed) abcess. At age ten years, this snake has not had a recurrence. This problem was not related to any reproductive activity (or, at least, proximity to a female) since the poor beast has led a celibate life.

::My 9-year old Western Hognose female had surgery for abcessed anal glands on both sides of her tail. The vet said female hognoses are prone to this condition if they've been bred or laid eggs (which she has).Will this be a recurring thing? Are there preventative measures to be taken in the future? Thanks.


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