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Posted by BrianSmith on April 13, 2003 at 21:02:55:
In Reply to: Re: My Advice posted by Troy Conklin on April 13, 2003 at 19:58:58:
Will try some of these suggestions until Wednesday. It couldn't be from nosing though as none of my snakes ever nose or try to push out. All of my snakes have ample space and are very content. I think your theory of a shed tooth is right on the money. That sounds the most logical. She probably shed a tooth and it got caught in her gums. I may try to free it prior to applying some of these topical ointments or solutions. Thanks again for the helpful suggestions.
:It's sounds to me like a shed tooth, which happens often during feeding; especially if you feed live prey. Pythons loose teeth all the time, it's completely natural, and in time it will be replaced by a new one. So that's nothing to worry about; however, if you begin to see signs of infection, then start rinsing your snake's mouth with some diluted Nolvasan( 10 H20 : 1 Nolvasan)((it even comes pre-diluted at the vet)), or 1 part white vinegar to 1 part H20, or minimally diluted 1 H20 : 1 Hydrogen peroxide twice a day. Maybe even put a small dab of Sylvadine or Neosporin cream/ointment on the gum. You should see an immediate improvement, or at least it will keep the infection in check until you can see your vet, if you even have to. It may also be caused from your snake pushing and poking on the cage. Consider if your present cage is too small. Your retic may be trying to tell you it is cramped. Hope this gives you peace of mind. Good luck, Troy