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HELP! - Backward Ingestion

Discussion in 'Burmese Pythons' started by GeckoGod, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. GeckoGod

    GeckoGod Active Member

    My burm ate a bunny backwards! i tried to stop her early but couldnt, came to check in on her and thought she started head first. came back a little later and the bunnys neck at its shoulders in backwards. what do i do! the bunny was a big one too. Please help
     
  2. missabrat

    missabrat Elite Member

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    did she get it all down? if so then there shouldn't be a problem
     
  3. GeckoGod

    GeckoGod Active Member

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    Yeah she did but there is a HUGE lump in her
     
  4. purplemuffin

    purplemuffin Elite Member

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    Watch her, as long as she doesn't regurgitate she will be fine. Eating backwards is uncomfortable, all that hair going the wrong way as well as the limbs and such, but if they get it down they are fine. It happens sometimes. It sounds like the bigger problem was more the size of the rabbit, I guess it was bigger than normal?

    Just be careful, and DON'T handle her...
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

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    As long as it went down ok she should be fine, My snakes will occassioanlly swallow backwards.
     
  6. GeckoGod

    GeckoGod Active Member

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    It was a tab bigger but nothing to cause the snake any trouble, it's just in eating it backwards made it strangely shaped with the hips, but thank you it will be 24 hours sense she ate it at 4:00pm today and she looks fine now that she has settled
     
  7. bighog85

    bighog85 Elite Member

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    No worries at all. She wouldn't have done it if she couldn't. I have snakes that will only eat backwards. They digest so fast that it won't last for long at all.
     
  8. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

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    Yeah, my Carpet swallows most of his meals butt first - just avoid handling, and watch out for regurgitation, but after 24 hours, it sounds like she's pretty safe.

    Headfirst is the easiest way to eat something, but not the only way. It would be a more serious hazard if you were feeding her gazelle (antlers) or porcupine with quills pointing the wrong way.... lol.
     
  9. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

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    Some snakes just like a challenge every now and then!;)
     
  10. GeckoGod

    GeckoGod Active Member

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    What a stressful challenge!
     
  11. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

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    How is she doing now?
     
  12. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

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    LOL! It was only stressful for you. The snake thought it was doing great!
     
  13. GeckoGod

    GeckoGod Active Member

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    She's doing great! digested it and is looking for more =)
     
  14. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

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    What a good girl! Glad to hear she doing good and wants more.
     
  15. purplemuffin

    purplemuffin Elite Member

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    "Hey look dad, no hands! Betcha I can eat this BACKWARDS!!"

    Hahaha snakes are such punks :) ..rebel without a cause! I think they just like to mess with us sometimes
     
  16. Flint

    Flint Elite Member

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    I just fed my rainbow boa his first rat tonight. He struck at the head, then let go and moved to the butt lol. He tried to swallow backwards, but the rat was too fat on the back end to start there. So he eventually made his way back to the head and swallowed it just fine.

    Just reiterating that if backwards doesn't work, they will go for the head. If they don't go for the head, that means backwards will work just fine lol.
     

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