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Routine checkup on snakes
08-24-2012, 12:51 AM,
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Routine checkup on snakes
Do you pay close attention to your pet snakes' healthy?

Do you measure their weight and length on a regular basis to see if there is something unusual? If you do, how often?

How do you measure a snake's length anyway? I very much doubt a snake would lay in a perfect straight line for you to measure. Big Grin Just would like to hear it from you snake owners.

What else do you do for checkups on your pet snakes?
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08-24-2012, 07:54 AM,
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RE: Routine checkup on snakes
I track weight pretty closely, in grams. Also noting whether the snake its "empty" or not.

I don't measure length regularly. The easiest way to do that is to run a length of string along the snake, them measure the string. The other way is to place the snake in a tube & have it crawl through in a straight line.

I record feeding dates, prey types, and any refusals to feed our other problems. I also record shed dates, and if there are any problems.

The other thing I watch somewhat closely is defecation & urates. To make sure they are regular and on schedule, if there are any problems. That can be one of the first signs of a problem. This is much bigger with some species than with others.

Other than that, I watch behavior, if the animal is acting normally. Alert and active, or active for that species. I also think fecal check ups (smears & floats) are a good idea, especially for new animals.
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