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Posted by: StuTennyson at Thu Feb 9 08:43:09 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by StuTennyson ]  
   

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this thread offering their expertise and suggestions.

The 2 that showed symptoms first and have shed 3 times still have some wrinkled belly scales and slightly dimpled head plates but seem to be improving. The second 2 that started showing these symptoms later each shed for their 3rd time last night. I am encouraged because they had complete unassisted sheds and although still exhibit symptoms appear to be improving.

I'm still not convinced as to what this condition is and what caused it. But I don't think it's solely a husbandry problem. Out of 6 snakes only 4 have exhibited this condition and the others have not. I'm keeping them in identical enclosures and conditions so I would think if it is something I am doing wrong then they would all show some symptoms. I don't think it's zonata disease because although I don't have any experience with zonata disease from what everyone has told me the symptoms seem to be different. I'm really leaning towards the theory that it is a stress induced condition because they are just a more sensitive species. I think the stress is reduced as they acclimate hence the improvement in their appearance and condition as time progresses. We will see.

I have contacted the breeder and discussed this issue at great length with him. Although we concluded that we still don’t know what this is he did however offer to take the animals back and work with them. I appreciate his offer but decided to work with them myself. Everyone that participated in this thread has made some good suggestions some of which I’m already doing and others that I will consider incorporating.

Thanks again to all!

Stu Tennyson


   

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