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Posted by John Q on April 20, 2003 at 10:51:44:
In Reply to: regugitation problem with black mexican posted by davidd on April 20, 2003 at 09:36:38:
There's a couple of possibilities. Yes, it could be intestinal but not blockage, parasites, worms, etc.. From my experience it is more likely to be the size of the food item or the excessive high temps. You say it started when you moved him to fuzzies. Wait a week to 10 days before you feed again and make it a pinky only.
Also, get him out of room that is in the 90's. Their basking spot does not have to be up to 90, that's just too warm. A few years back I kept a few kings and milks in an upstairs room. It got into the 90's during the summer. If I kept the window open and fan blowing out, the temp never exceeded 80, it was ok. I moved the collection and no longer keep any reptiles upstairs during the summer.
If after correcting the temps, waiting for 7-10 days before feeding, a small meal is still regurged. It's time for medication. Either the vet or you might try Nutribac. Mix it into the water and change it daily. Only try going one more feeding before the vet if the snake is still looking good. If it is obviously thin, used up all of it's reserves, loose or wrinkly skin from weight loss, go to the vet.
:I have a black mexican king snake, juvenile. He's been fine as far as eating/digesting until about a month ago. For the fourth meal in a row he has regurgitated the fuzzy hours later in the day. The room he's kept in stays at about 85 degrees, sometimes getting up to the high 80s and low 90s on very hot days. Are these temperatures too high, or too low? The other thing I thought might be involved with the problem, he started regurgitating when I moved him to fuzzies. I'll try a pinky again, but I find it hard to believe a thing such as hair/fur is causing this problem. Could it be some kind of intestinal blockage? I keep him on aspen chips, but he is fed in a plastic container so as to prevent ingesting of the wood. That's all I can think of right now, please comment asap. Thanks