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Z disease and me

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Posted by: Ryan_Sikola at Wed Apr 18 21:27:50 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ryan_Sikola ]  
   

Since this topic has flooded this subforum I'll post my history with this horrible cursed condition.

I had a wild caught sierra go through this a few months after she was collected, here are some pictures of her at her worst:



Horrible shed and paralysis of the lower half of her body.



Under some advice, I was under the impression it was stress-induced and to put her in a box with cold moss and I did for a month. When I set her back up into her normal home she would eat a pinky about once a month. I brumated her for four months at 45 degrees hoping when she came out of it her feeding response would return. When she came out she had the same response, eating pinkies infrequently and at this point I'm happy she survived and regained use of her bottom half (a little) and thought she was on her way to full recovery.

This is how she looked at that time:




My friend had a ltc male from the same locale and wanted his to breed to mine. I don't care about legality bull[bleep] so spare me the legality responses please, I've done allot worse than breed snakes in my time.

Anyways his male bred to my female and ended up with this disease and he euthanized it.
After all that time, mock-recovery, brumation, waking, eating, breeding, she still was diseased and contagious. My friend still holds a grudge against me and probably always will. To me it was a cool animal and a the king of kings, to him it was a family pet and with his family for 7 years so be careful when dealing with zonata.


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Pituophis c. annectans
Senticolis t. intermedia
Rhinechis scalaris
Elaphe bairdi
Lampropeltis zonata
Lampropeltis t. campbelli
Lampropeltis m. thayeri


   

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