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Posted by mikecoscia on April 04, 2003 at 12:28:28:
In Reply to: need some advice from mike posted by jff on April 04, 2003 at 12:05:43:
First thanks for the comments it really means a lot to me =). I am by no means a vet; I just have been doing this a very, very long time. Anyway the deformity could have resulted from problems during incubation (i.e., high or low temp spike, overall high or low temps, mold, etc) or a random genetic error. The questionable death might have been from further internal deformities (linked genetic errors) that you would not have been able to detect. It also could have been something simple (choked while shedding, impaction, etc). Either way it is really hard to tell without an autopsy, the best we can do is generate some ideas.
As for the remaining animal when and what did he last eat? The “not moving” part is something to be concerned about. Is he active when handling at all? Try hand feeding him some fruit and see if he will take it. With something in his stomach you will be able to collect a stool sample and get it checked out. Something that I recommend you do as soon as you can. If you any more questions don’t hesitate to post or e-mail me directly (usually quicker). Best of luck Jay.