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Posted by Taceas on May 05, 2003 at 15:52:20:
Maybe someone else has seen this before, at least thats what I'm counting on.
With all of the severe/tornadic storms we had last night, I thought it best to package up my pets and put them in our shelter in case worse came to worse. (Just imagine 2 people, 1 large dog, 4 cats, 6 snakes, 1 ferret, and a lizard in a closet under a flight of stairs =P) So I'm putting the baby snakes in their deli-cup feeder containers, and as I'm putting my small female blizzard in hers, I notice her head is mishapen.
I got her from Serpenco about a month ago, and I have to say that she is the calmest and most gentle hatchling I've got. She'll just sit there curled around your finger for hours if you let her. She's been what I would call, a slow-eater. It takes her almost 45 mins to get to the point that she'll eat the pinkie. And sometimes I have to re-scent it 2-3 times and place it right in front of her snout. All of my other 5 snakes have already downed their meals and are back into their enclosures.
Despite her calm disposition, I'm worried about the shape of her head. She looks like she's trying to sprout a horn out the top of her head. When I gently touch it, it's hard and doesn't press inwards. Not only that, but compared to my other hatchlings of around the same hatch date, her head just looks "odd" It's smaller, more triangular shaped, and of course the obvious lump.
Here are a few quick pictures I tried to get of it. If these don't work, I'll work on taking more that hopefully turn out better.
Is this something I should be worried about? Or am I just reading too much into it?
Thanks for your help and advice!