Constipated or Egg Bound?

Constipated or Egg Bound?

Postby polywogle » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:31 pm

Hi all

My female corn snake recently laid eggs but now i think there is something wrong. Ive noticed that there is a bulge right by her vent.
Could she be egg bound? Can snakes get constipated?
What can I do for her ?

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Postby polywogle » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:38 pm

Some more info:

She laid her 27 eggs about two weeks ago and most of them were infertile, we only have 11 left. A week after she laid a single egg.
Ive just felt the area and it definitely looks and feels round like an egg and quite hard.

Is there anything i can do for her and could a normal vet help her at all ?
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Postby neko » Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:00 pm

Did you check her after she finished laying for bulges? When last did she eat?

Considering so many of the eggs went off I think she is eggbound. The problem is that the egg has no gotten hard, and is going to be even harder to pass. Put her in lukewarm water for 15 minutes and give her some calcium mixed with water. If she still hasn't passed it by tomorrow, take the snake to the vet. The egg mass can get infected and she could die. The stress of the blockage is also going to start taking it's toll on her.

Please don't try to force out the egg by pushing or manipulating it from the outside. Stuff can tear and she can die. Keep us posted.
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Postby polywogle » Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:07 pm

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Postby polywogle » Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:09 pm

I gave her a luke warm bath but nothing spectacular happened ... i think it may be closer to the vent.
I also gave her calcium water but I dont know if she drank any.
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Postby neko » Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:17 pm

Yup. That's an egg. Are there any more bumps like that?

Just put her in a warm cage with a tub of vermiculite. Don't bug her till morning. Hopefully she passes it in the night. Aspirating might not work anymore. The mass would have solidified if that eggs has been there for 2 weeks.
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Postby polywogle » Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:40 pm

No thats the only bump
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Postby Graeme » Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:22 pm

Push the egg out. If you leave it there, the mother will die. The fact that you have so many bum eggs is a clear sign that she is battling and not coping. Take her to a vet now. Or help her.
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Postby polywogle » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:05 pm

Do I help or not ?
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Postby Graeme » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:12 pm

After 2 weeks.
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Postby neko » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:02 am

Take her to the vet. Please don't try and manipulate the egg. You need to know what you're doing, or you will kill her.
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Postby Bushviper » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:02 am

If you slip up you could rupture the oviduct too which will cause secondary infection and probably kill her.

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Postby Chantel » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:45 am

With the egg being so close to the cloacal opening, all she needs is a good bowel movement to get it out. What really works well (in situations like this when there is only 1 or 2 eggs close to the vent) is to feed her a mouse with 1ml of liquid parafin injected into the mouse's stomach (pre killed mouse, obviously). The liquid parafin acts as a "laxative" and she'll have a good bowel movement after that, I the egg will certainly pop out. Good luck!!!
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