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Posted by tvandeventer on March 25, 2003 at 12:59:03:
In Reply to: Worms in feces posted by pulatus on March 24, 2003 at 21:59:25:
Hi Joe. Don't freeze the sample. Refridgerate it and take it to your vet for a floatation. The worms should be preserved in plain rubbing alcohol (not formalin) for identification. The presence of hair in the stool is probably no reason for alarm. Snakes do not digest hair (& claws), feathers, or teeth. Good luck, Terry.
:I've had this female black-tail since last August. She was wild caught and has been treated for parasites by a good herp vet. Eats and looks fine but started producing bloody feces this week. I noticed a couple worms in the stools which are very watery and have visible (undigested) hair in them. There was also mucosy blood. The worms were yello/gold, about 2 inches long, larger at the head end and tapering toward the "tail". There also were what appeared to be flat, oval or tear-drop shaped flukes (?) These were white/gray and didn't appear to be alive. The gold worms were still moving.
:Can anyone let me know what these are, and a recommended treatment? I'll get both to the vet soon, but leaving for vacation tomorrow for 5-6 days.