Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

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Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby gekosin » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:39 am

Hi All,

Is anyone able to explain how i am able to tell if a snake has retained eye caps?

My rainbow boa's eye is looking a bit strange almost like the eye has a dent in it (not sure exactly how to explain)

If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it!

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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby Westley Price » Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:13 am

See if you can take a close-up picture of the eye in question.

Usually when eye caps are retained, you can just make out the "torn" edges where the skin tore off, leaving behind the eye caps.

But well done for asking first; I have heard horror stories of guys trying to remove retained eye caps where there is none, resulting in blind snakes.
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby reptile » Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:20 am

If you still have the sheddinng, you can check the shedding
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby reptile » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:23 am

If the eye caps came off, they should be visible on the shedding.
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby gekosin » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:23 am

Thanks, will try take a photo of him and check the shed doubt i have it though stopped keeping them though ended up with waaaay to many.

Is it any way possible dehydration could cause anything like this?

Although i keep the humidity up he was soaking last night which is something i have not seem him do before.
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby Danie Burger » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:46 am

Hi

I have had this on some of my snakes in the past and all I did was to tip some of the water in the water bowl out into the tub and leave it for a day or so.
It has always come right for me when I did this.
If your snake is not in a tub, maybe let it soak in some luke warm water for half an hour or so and see what happens.

I am no expert and only suggest what has worked for me in the past, it might be that my problem was something completely different from your's.
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby Joshhowell94 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:54 am

I agree with Danie, I noticed this once before with my boy, I gave him a bath and his eye was back to normal in the morning. I hope that he comes right:)
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:51 pm

It can be difficult to tell yes, that's why it's the first thing I check when I remove a sloughed skin. Make sure the eye caps are there.
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby Snakesitter » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:57 pm

I've heard of this before with rainbows -- even the "dent." The snakes was fine in the end. Keep the humidity high, just in case, and check his next shed carefully. The caps will be visible, and you may even be able to tell if one was a double from a stuck shed. Good luck!
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby gekosin » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:19 am

Thanks for all the replies, I really appreciate it :)

Seems it may have been a bit of dehydration. After the soak in his water bowl and a bit of extra spraying it seems to have come right.

I will just watch his next shed as i want to make 100% sure it is not the retained eye caps
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Re: Retained Eye Caps/ Eye concern

Postby Snakesitter » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:09 pm

Congrats, and well done!
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