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Posted by cf on February 16, 2003 at 23:04:21:
Its been a difficult day for us today, as we lost one of our little ones. 4 weeks ago we got a baby Spilotes at a local herp show, and I knew when I got her that she was pretty annorexic, but I figured I'd work my magic and get her better. Well, it took 2 weeks to get her to eat and hold her food down, not too bad for this time of year, and on the 2nd feeding I started treating her conservatively with Flagyl injected into the pinkies to reduce stress, at the suggestion of my vet and various keepers of Spilotes including some of you on the forum. I cleaned her yesterday and gave her what was to be her 4th meal and she was a little to docile for my taste, and then I noticed a small bump running horizontally on the side of her belly, which caused my to worry even more. So, she refused her food, which I left overnight, and this AM I went to check on her and she was curled upside down, abdomin sunk in, and I just knew it was over. I did everything right, but it seems there was more to her annorexic state then we realized. Its so hard to tell there's something wrong, when you have so little time around an animal. She had perked up, and seemed to be ready to eat every 5 days or so, but the unseen finally won over my attentiveness. I do plan to start over with another Spilotes, but I'm not sure when.
Its been a rough day, and I'll certainly be more careful next time $$ goes toward a sickly animal, even though I think they all deserve a chance, and my compassioon may still get the best of me in the future.
I will probably have my vet do a necropsy so I can pass the info to the people I got her from, so they can hopefully pass that info to the breeder, if there's anything significant found.
I just want to thank those of you who passed on info and answers to my questions when we first got her, and hopefully next time I'll be posting pictures of a happy healthy snake, as opposed to being the bearer of bad news!