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Re: Question about hognose's habit


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Posted by deathstalker on February 21, 2003 at 00:30:03:

In Reply to: Question about hognose's habit posted by Scabbers on February 17, 2003 at 12:35:03:

The only time a hog may actually spit up blood intentionally is when they play dead--there have been some reports of them doing this as well as intentionally vomiting although I have yet to see this for myself in person, in a photo, or in a videoclip. Bleeding through the mouth in any other circumstance comes across as not normal to me.

Perhaps the snake may have been injured in the process of force-feeding. Whatever the cause, if the bleeding persists, I advise possibly taking it to a vet, but then again, this situation seems "light" and to pay a vet bill for something so minor is preposterous and thus an unnecessary action to take. Keep tabs on the snake, though, and to ensure safety on the next force-feeding attempt, seek an experienced keeper who can show you how to do it properly/safely beforehand.

T.J. Gould



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