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Egg-eating snake health question

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Posted by: longtemps at Sun Feb 25 07:39:19 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by longtemps ]  
   

I acquired a pair of egg-eaters, Dasypeltis scabra about a month and a half ago. Three days ago I made the discovery documented below in two emails I sent to the person who sold them to me. These are wild-caught animals, said to be about 3 years old.

#1 message:

I just came home for lunch to find regurgitated egg (mostly semi-solidified yolk) in the cage and want to ask you for any insight you may have.

It's peculiar, I found the male (smaller snake) near it. However, the last time an egg was eaten by either snake was 24 days ago, and I am not sure which snake ate it since they share the cage. Previously, I had seen the female (larger snake) take an egg, 4 days earlier than that.

It seems a long time for food to sit, seemingly undigested, in the stomach of a snake.

Any ideas on the cause and actions I might take?

#2 message, sent later that day:

A follow up to this last message, below: I just cleaned the rock on which I'd found the egg. It looks like there was also some normal colored feces on the rock, so it is possible the egg was passed rather than regurgitated. If that was the case, it is still not very "digested" looking and I remain concerned.

New info:

The male has spent the time since that day in the corner of the tank, curled up under a rock. This has led me to wonder whether the temperature may have been too high, and I am adjusting the daytime temp. down now. I use a heat lamp to bring up day temperatures and an under-tank heater constantly. The snakes spend most of their time in a weaver nest suspended over the warm end of the tank.

Any ideas?? Thanks!!


   

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