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RE: I'm gonna have to quit keeping agalma

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Posted by: pyromaniac at Fri Aug 1 16:09:18 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by pyromaniac ]  
   

Here is a link to a post about this disease. An excerpt:
(5) For L. zonata the disease is usually fatal. Some individuals do
eventually "shed out" of the skin disorder but the partial paralysis often
remains at some level. Providing moist conditions seems to help increase
the probability of survival possibly by just preventing death due to
dehydration and allowing the snake's own immune system to eventually
overcome the disease. Individuals that survive the disease do not appear to
be contagious.
It should be noted that L. zonata are highly stressed when conditions
become too hot and dry. We have noticed several individuals that acquired a
skin condition very similar to that described above minus the paralysis and
marred eye spectacles. The skin condition in these individuals cleared up
after moisture and cooler conditions were provided and the snakes completed
one or two shed cycles. We do not know if this alternative skin disorder is
also zonata disease but just in a less virulent form, but the temperature
and moisture conditions in the cage do seem to be related, possibly for
both cases.

I'm hoping Peter54 can save his babies. One gets attached to these little creatures so easily.

zonata disease?


   

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