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Oh man, AGAIN?! (Swollen boa jaw)

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Posted by: AnnaCB at Thu Mar 3 17:29:34 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by AnnaCB ]  
   

Always I update too soon!
Fletcher has displayed swelling once again.
I caught a few pictures this time.

Here, she's obviously puffed in the jaw and throat region. I apologize for the crappy pictures, but she was moving around:



Then, not even three minutes later, after getting her out of her enclosure and her being active for just a moment, it GOES AWAY totally. I do mean totally- no evidence that the swelling was ever there:


I still am flummoxed. The swelling doesn't 'feel' like anything- it just seems like stretched skin. It goes down when gently pressed. Air?

Could this have something to do with shedding? I know when this was happening last time, it was about a week before shed time, and she's starting to look just minutely cloudy again. This seems remarkably extreme, but I know some species get 'throaty' around shed times.

I'll be taking her for a second opinion, but because this goes away when she's active for even a moment, I have my doubts about what a vet will be able to observe.
Even if nobody has any further input to offer after all of my varying questions, I figured the pictures might serve as a record in case anyone else ever experiences this.


   

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