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Discussion in 'Ball Pythons' started by earwig, Jul 25, 2005.

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  1. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I'm glad he ate for you but I would still have a vet see it. At the very least take a fresh fecal sample in for a parasite check. Most ball python hatchlings available are still wild imports.
     
  2. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    I agree...it would freak me out if I could see my snake's bones, and I would definitely still want a vet check.
     
  3. earwig

    earwig Active Member

    is there a way to tell the snake has parasites?
     
  4. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Yes...a veterinarian needs to examine a fecal sample. If a snake has a parasitic infection, and it isn't treated, the snake can die. :( If I had your snake, I'd definitely take it to see the vet (the thought of its bones showing is just too scary to me), and if that was impossible for some reason, at the very least, I would take a fecal sample to the vet.
     
  5. earwig

    earwig Active Member

    ok I probably will bring him to the vet pretty soon. do i bring the fecal sample or the snake, or both?
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I would do both! The vet can check the fecal for parasites and check the snake for dehydration or undernourishment.
     
  7. Dee

    Dee Elite Member

    Totally in agreement with everyone else here -- Get him checked out ASAP. I'd be worried sick if it was my cornsnake, Kah. Your Ball may just be a finicky eater or a little nervous settling in, but I wouldn't leave it to chance.
     
  8. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    I would definitely take both if at all possible.
     
  9. jacky

    jacky Moderated Status

    I defenetly would take him straight to the vet tomorrow! All the best!!
     
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