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06-17-2016, 08:38 PM #1
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I messaged the person looking for a bit more information. He apparently was bought by her two young teen sons without her permission. They had stopped caring for him and she didn't quite know how to care for him either. All he had to eat over the last 6 months was one earth worm. She sent me a photo of an adult male albino garter that was very skinny. She said she just wanted him to go to a good home so I could come and take him for free.
My heart broke for this little guy. So I went to go and pick him up.
He was housed in a long plastic tub with just newspaper and one small cardboard box hide. No heat, no substrate to burrow in, no water dish. I wanted to cry....
I rushed home with him, and immediately gave him a soak. He drank like he hadn't seen water in a year. I then let him settle in his new digs. A nice 20 gallon long with Aspen, logs to climb on and hide under, a large water dish and a heat lamp with a nice warm spot of 83F.
He was otherwise healthy aside from being severely underweight. He was still alert, although weak from lack of food. Also no apparent signs of RI.
I let him settle for two days before attempting a feeding. I wasn't sure how he'd respond to food.
I tried some fish for about 2.5 days and he completely ignored them. I started to really worry that we had just not gotten to him in time.
I decided it was best to assist feed him the next day.
We helped him get one small mouse pinky in and his instinct took over once it was all the way in his mouth. He "walked" the meal down and swallowed it fine. Also the inside of his mouth looked great. No bubbles and a nice healthy pink.
I then let him settle for the next 24 hours.
We assist fed him the next day with 2 mouse pinkies. The first one was the same as before, he only took it when it was all the way in his mouth. The second however, he took with a little more vigor. We opened his mouth and barely got the head in and our fingers away before he started to move it down and quickly!
I decided to give him the day off food today and instead gave him a nice long soak and some fun in the sun. He basked for a bit and swam around with much more enthusiasm.
I don't think he's out of the woods yet, but he's showing signs of improvement and I'm beginning to worry less and less about him.
Tomorrow we're going to see how he takes a little larger of a meal and if we have to assist.
Another strange, yet slightly endearing thing about this little guy is that when he tastes things like all snakes do, he doesn't stick out his tongue all the way.... Just to the end of the fork. Again, I've checked his mouth over pretty well and nothing looks severely wrong. Does any one have any input on this?
Sorry for the book here and thanks if you've read all the way to the end here. I just wanted to share our progress as it's made me very happy! I've had him for a week and I'm already head over heels for this little dude.
I know the photo is a little hard to look at because he's so skinny but he's handsome and he's already looking a little better to me. I'll try to get an updated photo in about a week.
06-20-2016, 03:13 PM #2
if his tongue isn't deformed, my bet is on weakness and once he gets in a little better health he'll flick all the way.
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06-20-2016, 04:59 PM #3
Thanks. Funny thing is, he's a she!
Seems to be doing better with some tlc already.
06-29-2016, 03:36 PM #4
Glad you where able to find her and start getting her back to good health.
I don't keep any snakes (my wife really hates them) but I really hate to see animals in bad shape. It is a good feeling when they come back and chances are you will have a loyal friend for life right there.
03-22-2017, 09:40 PM #5
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