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Discussion in 'Common/Red Tail Boa' started by Vinny, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    Hello guys,

    Just about 15 mins ago I've found something weird on my little guy.

    It looks like a spike or nail and it's located about 20 cm from the end of the tail.
    I don't know if it's normal or not, but I need help.
    The snake looks healthy, it's eaiting, playing etc... and when I'm touching the spot it's not showing any kind of pain or something...

    Here is an image of it...

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  2. titus

    titus Elite Member Premium Member

    It looks like a small scar thats healed. An fairly well from what I can see. I wouldn't worry about it as long as it doesn't bother the snake.
     
  3. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    Thanks for the reply. That white "spike" sticks out... I hope it's nothing serious.
     
  4. Kazooguyz2

    Kazooguyz2 Elite Member

    could it be a vestigal leg? I know than snakes have remains of legs that they use for mating purposes. I am no snake expert, but it is just a thought.
     
  5. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    I thought the same thing at first, but I'm not sure at all...
     
  6. titus

    titus Elite Member Premium Member

    it's not in the right place to be that. Does it sick out at all? Or is it flat with the scar? It could be from whatever cased the scar and it's partly been pushed out of the skin, but hasn't come out all the way yet. It's hard to tell from the pictures.
     
  7. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Indeed. I agree with Titus in that it almost looks like a splinter or something that is protruding from the skin.
    The vestigal legs are the spurs on either side of the vent.
     
  8. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Have you checked the opposite side to see if the same thing is there, in which case they would be the vestigal limbs, (although it looks quite high up on the side of the body)? Sorry for the obvious question)!
     
  9. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    You're correct it looks exactly like a splinter and it's protruding from the skin. The snake seems to be calm when I'm touching it and it's not feeling uncomfortable at all. I'll monitor him to see what's going to happen in next few days.

    It's not a vestical leg for sure!
     
  10. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, can I just ask what was the last item you fed the snake, could it be a bone splinter coming through, (from the prey)?
     
  11. David McConley

    David McConley Elite Member

    My first thought was a bone splinter also Stefan. Vinny, you don't feed your snake poultry do you? If so, it very well could be a bone splinter.
     
  12. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    Hello Davind and Stefan,

    I'm not feeding it with poultry! It was a white mouse! 4 of them.
     
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Does the thing wiggle at all when you touch it?
     
  14. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    Yep it does Merlin... if that helps...
     
  15. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Then it sounds as if it is something protruding. If you pull on it GENTLY does it seem to give or is it pretty solid?
     
  16. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    Yeah I already tried very very very gently and it looks solid. I'm scared to pull on it harder. The weird thing is that it doesn't look like he feels any pain or it's not showing it, but he remains calm as usual when I touch the spot.
     
  17. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Not being able to view it first hand the only thing I would know to tell you is to have a vet look at it.
     
  18. Vinny

    Vinny Member

    That's what I'm going to do. The best reptile specialist over here is coming back to Bulgaria in the next couple of days and that's going to be the first thing that I'm going to do. I just tried to figure it out over here, but seems nobody is familiar with the issue.
    Thanks!!!
     
  19. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    I also think you need to see a vet, one thing you could try; VERY gently massage the snake in a forward motion, (instead of pulling, it would be pushing), just maybe if it is a protruding bone, you might move it forward and possibly the bone? would go back through into the stomach.
     
  20. David McConley

    David McConley Elite Member

    I 'm sorry I can't help you on this one. I do know that large African Rock pythons eating gazelles and antelopes often get antlers protruding from their bellies and eventually it dissolves and the wound heals and they are none the worse for the experience. I realize that I was talking about large pythons and you have a boa, but I was discussing the similarities. When you see the vet, please let us know what it was, so we can be aware of it in the future, if need be.
     

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