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Posted by EdK on April 19, 2003 at 12:05:12:
In Reply to: Regurged and dead - why? posted by chip on April 18, 2003 at 19:02:56:
:My hog had eaten a frog 4 days ago. Two days ago it was slithering around fine. Today, I look at it, and the frog has been regurged and the snake was dead. The frog was not huge - but not small either.
Is this the first time the snake regurged or has it done it in the past? If this is not the first time and you have other reptiles and have not been disinfecting your hands and/or tools between cages then you may want to get the rest of your collection checked for ameobiasis and cryptosporidia.
Other than that a common cause for regurgitation is there is an insufficent basking spot to allow for digestion of larger meals. (it will be impossible to tell without a necropsy but it is possible that the snake aspirated some of the fluid when it regurged and smothered.