I came home from college this afternoon and said hi to all my babies, and then went to check on my water snake Preshuz. I was shocked to find him lying deathly still under his rock. Some maggots were congregating around his stomach and I'm not sure if they were parasitic or not because I checked on him two days ago and they weren't there. I tried to pick him up and his skin and scales just slid right off him. He never showed any sign of sickness before this. He was being eaten alive and his skin was already decomposing and I made the decision right then and there to put him out of his misery. There are no vets open now (it is nearly 6pm) so I have to do it myself as I know he will not make it through the night. I know it's controversial but I have done some reading on reptile euthanasia and so I am cooling his body temperature to help him fall asleep. I have read this method can be painful to larger animals but since he is a very small snake this is unlikely to be the case; his brain will stop functioning long before he actually starts to become frozen. Just for reference here is a thread I read a while ago regarding the matter. If you would like to discuss this method of euthanasia, let's please start another thread because I have made my decision and I want this thread to be about my baby. Anyway, Preshuz was a sweet and gentle snake. He was my first herp and he was fully grown when I received him. He loved to escape from his tank but he never bothered to hide so finding him wasn't a problem. I remember opening the box he was in (I received him in the mail) and thinking what a perfect little guy he was! I was crazy about him! Preshuz was the one that started it all, he got me hooked on herps and after him came several others. It was because of Preshuz that I even joined HC! He could never hurt a fly although he did nip me one time when he thought my hand was food! He was so beautiful and absolutely adorable, it was such a joy to have him with me. Every couple weeks he would change colour from a deep chocolatey brown to silvery grey. I never knew what was up with that but it is interesting to note that another snake from the same genus can undergo colour changes too! I hope that when he awakens over the rainbow bridge in the morning he will not hold this decision against me. Maybe he can say hi to K'nuckles for me too. I did what was best for him and I will always love him. Rest in peace Preshuz. You will always live on in my heart.