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Discussion in 'Ball Pythons' started by crazylady, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. crazylady

    crazylady Member

    I am new to this site so...Hello! I have an interesting story to share and advice to ask....
    My reptile experience began three years ago with two baby red eared sliders (they are now more than 5 inches across) and then about a year ago (after my husband drooled over them in the pet store for about a year) we adopted our first bearded dragon (we now have two) so it would be natural for my father in law to call me when he found Alamo.....The security guard where my father in law was working was about to get a shovel and kill the snake on the ground all of the commotion attracted the workers to come out and see what was up. That is when Tim (my FIL) walked up and told the security guard to just go back to work he would take care of it and he just picked it up...It was a 3ft ball python crawling on the sidewalk not three blocks from The Alamo (yes that is where the name came from) in the middle of the day. He was brought home to me at which point I saw (to my horror) the cruelties of man. This was the sweetest snake and yet badly injured. the bottom of the jaw was mangled. the skin was off of one side and peeled back to expose the bottom of the right side of the lower jaw and the cut then runs back all the way behind the jaw hinge on the left side. the tip of the left jaw was gone along with the snakes tongue. I felt like crying:( We are thinking that the snake crawled up in someones car and got hit by the fan or maybe a weed whacker no way to be sure. My knowledge of snakes was average but good (thanks to the Discovery channel lol) so I know that missing it's tongue would have led to disaster in the wild. Then I noticed the healing the injury was about a week old and showed no sign of infection. It eats just fine...I do however feed it adult mice when I'm pretty sure this thing is big enough for rats. I feed it two mice twice a week. I am concerned about over taxing the injured jaw as it is it gets stretched and shows a little blood at the very tip of the injury so I am positive if I feed it anything larger before it heals I will cause extensive damage. How could someone just let this beautiful snake go? It is very unagressive its favorite place is on my shoulders it will spend hours going back and fourth....I am however loving my new baby and have checked all of the care sheets and everything that is posted I just wanted some opinions of people out there who have these darlings instead of just generic stuff.
    Thank you so much for helping me and my rescue pet!
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Welcome to HC! Quite a story! Luckily someone was there to keep the guard from killing the snake.
    It may not have been let go, but rather escaped. They are experts in THAT!!!!!
    As for feeding, the smaller meals will be fine for the interim but only feed once a week. Feeding twice a week keeps the digestive system rolling at full speed when they actually need a little time between feedings to gear down.
  3. crazylady

    crazylady Member

    It still hasn't pooped and I have had it for a couple of weeks I have soaked it in the tub twice (that is what I do for my Dragons when they are backed up) and still nothing I'm concerned about the humidity level in the tank how can I check that?
  4. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    BPs are great snakes, and usually of very docile temperament, even after some of the most atrocious things! I'm glad you found him in time.
  5. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    You can get a hygrometer, they measure both the temps and humidity levels, I think they are quite cheap to buy in the States, I`m sure someone will tell you the best place to shop for one! Is the snake in an all glass tank, if so they are vey bad at retaining heat, and what`s coverng the top?
  6. crazylady

    crazylady Member

    Yes right now it is in a 29 gall aquarium with sand substrate and a Large bowl of water and a cardboard box for it to hide in we have just aquired a 55 gal aquarium with a stand and are working on setting it up. I do have most of the top of the screen covered to retain heat the only open spot is where the heat lamp is. Should I be misting the snake? I have to do this with the dragons but I was told it wasn't nessesary with the snake.
  7. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    You can mist the snake, at least until you get the hygrometer and find out the level of humidity, I would not use sand once the animal`s in the new enclosure. Can you tell me the temps just now, for day and night, thanks! ()Edit) Have you treated the injuries, you say there`s blood after the snake`s eaten? ( I mean with an antibiotic cream etc).
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Not unusual. Snakes have slow metabolisms and do not go daily like your dragons. In fact if the snake hadn't eaten for a while before you found it it may not need to go for another couple of weeks.

    I agree. Lose the sand.
    Just put down paper for the time being. And whoever told you not to mist the snake,....don't listen to anything else that they tell you!
    As for the hide, it should be just big enough for the snake to get in and still touch the sides on 3 sides. They like their hides tight and cozy!

    You can get digital hygrometers and thermometers at Lowes Home Depot etc.
  9. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    That IS quite the story, great job saving that snake!
    Yeah I woud ditch the sand too. You are getting great advice here.:)
    Good luck!
  10. missabrat

    missabrat Elite Member

    great rescue! Have you had him to the vet, a check-up should be in order to be sure everything else is going ok for the poor little guy.
  11. crazylady

    crazylady Member

    I have been putting neosporin on it ( I know I know neosporin is for humans not snakes) It is the only thing I have. I have looked around for a reptile specialist or rescue group or someone to help me with this and have not been successful but the snake showed no sign of infection when I got it and still shows no sign of infection so I have to assume I'm doing ok?
  12. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    I think the Neosporin is fine, were you saying the mouth was bleeding after the snake had eaten, or does it bleed anytime, and is that out or inside the mouth?
  13. crazylady

    crazylady Member

    it only bleeds a little not even a drop just enough to see like a scratch and it is only on the tip of the right side of the jaw that was lost in its accident. and it only happens after feeding I'm sure it is from the stretching of everything. the rest of the cut is scabbed over and looks like it is healing wonderfully. there is a good amount that is not even scabbed anymore just a small scar is left
  14. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    From what you say, I think it sounds to be healing quite well, can you put a couple of photos up, just to see the extent of the injuries?
  15. crazylady

    crazylady Member

    I'm working on photos and I need to feed tonight so there will be before and after of the injury look for them in the next few hours.
  16. Jacqui

    Jacqui Elite Member

    What a wonderful story! Be sure to give your father-in-law a big hug of thanks for coming to the poor guy's rescue. Sounds like his life hasn't started out to well, glad you have him now.
  17. brandon

    brandon Elite Member

    I am glad you were able to rescue this guy! It sounds like things are going well. Once healed I bet you will have a friend for life ;)
  18. David McConley

    David McConley Elite Member

    God bless you for coming to the aid of such a needy creature! Neosporin is just fine for snakes, I use it anytime it is needed for any snake I rescue that has been injured (external injuries). I think since Alamo is eating consistantly, he/she will recover fully. Ball pythons are usually delicate snakes as far as being easily stressed and he was very lucky to have met your father in law.

    If there is anything I can do to help you (informationwise) please let me know. Everyone else on here is very helpful and they give excellent information. Please continue with what you are doing and I am sure Alamo will be fine. ;)
  19. Orca

    Orca Elite Member

    Yeah, the sand will only make the tank more arid and they like it very humid! Start with paper towel or newspaper for now. And mist the snake at least a couple times a day. To help keep humidity in, you can place a damp towel or a piece of plexi glass (or in my case, both!) over the top of tank (expect where the heat lamp is). Are you feeding live or pre-killed or frozen/thawed mice? If you are doing live, you should be working on switching it over. Live food can only add to the scars the snake already has. I'd also get a fecal done to check for any parasites.
  20. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

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