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RE: Help with trans pecos rat snake

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Posted by: ecmartens at Wed Oct 16 17:39:10 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ecmartens ]  
   

Hi Toby and Mark,

Thanks to both of you for the helpful guidance! I will remove the water bowl, triple check my temps and add more hides (there are currently just two (one in each end; both dry) and he tends to move back and forth between them as expected. I'll also add some more complex substrates like newspaper to help out.

I'm not sure where our closest reptile vet is near Ann Arbor, MI, but will look into this too. If I can't find one, do either of you know of places where one can mail in a sample? This is obviously not optimal, but may be the best I can find. I also run a microbiology lab that focuses on lower GI bacteria, so should be able to look into eukaryotic parasites myself (treatment will require professional help though).

He's regurgitated 3/4 of his last 4 meals which have all been smaller fuzzy mice. I also breed my own and for the last two times he's taken live ones. I let him go two weeks in between, but will try three this time and hopefully get some resolution on parasites before then.

I also keep a black rat, everglades, western fox, bairds and okeetee corn, plus garters which are all thriving, so this downturn has really got me worried. I've seen the Complete Suboc online and haven't bought it, but will this evening.

Thanks again and best regards,
Eric


   

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