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RE: Starting breeding in Fiji, advice please

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Posted by: Helenthereef at Sat May 30 20:31:14 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Helenthereef ]  
   

Hi Jerry, thanks for that, I have another question.

As we are thinking of putting snakes from three different keepers together, we are a bit neurotic about cross infection. I'm wondering about the length of disease-free time we should observe before put them all together and whether a Betadine bath beforehand would be sufficient to safeguard everyone's animals.

Specifically my snakes appear disease free, but the owner of the females had a couple of unexplained deaths while he was away (about 4 months ago) The inexpert snake sitter did not keep the snakes so we can't autopsy, and she described "Flu-like symptoms" (so I presume a respiratory infection, but we are not certain of this). The remaining snakes seem currently healthy.

The two other males look in good health but have recently been in the same (very large, open air) enclosure as one with what seems to be very slowly advancing mouth rot. I've suggested he quarantine the infected animal immediately. It hasn't seemed to be in physical contact with the healthy males.

So I am proposing to keep a close eye on all snakes for the next 4 weeks, get them all over to my (disease-free for over 2.5 years) enclosure, Betadine bath them, keep them separate for a week or so and then introduce them.

Does this sound realistic? Not enough? Overkill? I REALLY don't want to lose my males over this...

Sorry this is such a long question, I think it should only require a short answer.

Many thanks, it' great to have someone to ask!
Helen
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