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Posted by michael56 on December 26, 2002 at 01:59:10:
In Reply to: Hey! posted by Pierson on December 22, 2002 at 19:02:31:
Merry Christmas Pierson! I hope Santa was kind to you. Or at least I hope you were'nt bad ALL year!
As far as the infection goes, it begins it's cycle with a white spot off centre from the pupil then expands to involve the entire eye. It takes on a yellowish hew indicating infection as the eye/cap becomes filled with pus. The first snake (Hudson) also has what appears to be a sub-dermal infection running up between the scales on the left side of his head. The scalation seems to be unaffected but the skin has been stretched and discoloured just to the extent that it is noticeable.
The second snake (Atcheson) has at this time only shown problems in the left eye, however the last bout he went through was more severe with significant swelling almost to the point of rupture! Though I checked carefully after his last shed in which the eye cap(s) did come off, it appears now that some skin was retained around the eye at the front. No effort has been made to remove it since the infection is expressing itself again and I don't want to cause any physical damage near the eye. An ointment (quite thick) has been applied to soften and loosen the remnant as well as soften the cap to reduce pressure (I hope).
NO loss of appetite has been experienced by either snake at any time prior to, during or after infection "cycle".
Follow-up dose of Panacur sometime ago suggested no further obvious presence of parasites in their stools.
Diet has been predominantly (95%) goldfish. As of this week I will have access to fingerling trout and will switch them over, avoiding cyprinids as much as possible.
Got any made-in-America "super nuke'm" antibiotic suggestions? I'm prepared to try just about anything as long as it does'nt cause hair growth!