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Posted by MsTT on May 13, 2003 at 21:08:02:
In Reply to: Need help identifying these bumps on my copperhead posted by iturnrocks on May 13, 2003 at 18:56:06:
Can't say for sure without getting my hands on the animal and looking inside the bumps, but my guess is that you have vesicle disease aka blister disease. Parasites would be another guess but the scale deformation looks more typical for vesicles.
I'd like to get my hands on the animal and peek under the microscope at the material inside the lesions - where are you located? I'm in Central FL.
If we are nowhere near each other, my suggestion is to thoroughly bleach clean the snake's current cage and remove all substrate. House the animal only on clean newspaper for now, with a small waterbowl that he cannot sit in or put much of his body in. Give Nolvasan soaks daily, in dilute chlorhexadine.
That will help a lot. The next stage would be to go to oral or injectable antibiotics, and to debriede the existing vesicles. If you're a new and not very experienced keeper you might not know how to safely restrain it to administer medication. I suggest you find a local vet who is willing to work with you, and peruse the snakegetters.com site for detailed instructions on how to safely handle and if necessary anesthetize a venomous snake for extensive veterinary procedures.
Good luck, and if your vet wants to talk to another vet with a lot of experience with venomous snakes, drop me a private email and I'll put you in touch.
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