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  • [Behavior] The smell of death

    Cleaning day (snake room) drama - I open Sarah's cage to change out her water and something doesn't smell right. The unmistakable smell of death, although slight, brings up a feeling of sadness when I realize there was no poo. I look into her hide and hesitate to lift it up when I see her loosely coiled, looking very discolored. I lift her hide and she doesn't move :/ I reach in to pull her out and realize that she is deep in shed but fine. So I clean her cage thinking wth and continue with the others. I get to Gin, who shares a divided 4x4 cage with Sarah and BAM! Ugh. She pooped in her water dish (which had been slid out of sight) and was the stinky culprit -_- Thanks for the scare brat.

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    Still good news but I hear you.

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      They like to mess with us, ha ha!

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        I got really nervous reading your post. Glad everything is okay, I have not had any of my reptiles die before besides a little anole I had for five years or so. It was so sad I buried him in one of my gardens...

        Does it really get that bad when they get bigger? I haven't had a big snake yet but my royals did leave nasty ones once in a while.

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          Originally posted by Elizabeth94 View Post
          ...Does it really get that bad when they get bigger? I haven't had a big snake yet but my royals did leave nasty ones once in a while.
          It's not the size of the snake, but the state of their digestive tract* & the presence or absence of optimal temperature choices while they're digesting. *If you have a snake that does unusually-bad-smelling feces,
          you might try adding snake-probiotics to their food.

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            Ahhhh the old poop in water dish to stink up the room trick. LOL Been there a few times.

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              Glad it turned out for the best for you. Not so much for me. I came home to that smell yesterday. My Super Vanilla BP had passed away and I'm devastated. She is the reason I got into breeding BPs.


              On another note...why is it when they die, they always do so on the hot side?
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                Ugh. Well I'm glad it was just a scare and that the snakes are okay. One time I walked into the snake room and was just overwhelmed by the death smell. I immediately started checking cages and frantically pulling drawers out checking everyone. Turns out my darn ball python had decided that she actually didn't want to eat the rat I had given her two days ago. When I fed her she had grabbed the rat and coiled around it, in the ten years I've had her she's never not eaten after doing that so I just closed up her tub assuming she'd gulp it right down. After walking into that smell I check to make sure she actually eats every single time, lol.
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                  Originally posted by zamora View Post
                  Glad it turned out for the best for you. Not so much for me. I came home to that smell yesterday. My Super Vanilla BP had passed away and I'm devastated. She is the reason I got into breeding BPs.


                  On another note...why is it when they die, they always do so on the hot side?
                  Ugh sorry to here that Zam Sarah is the girl that Steve have me so she is pretty special to me too. I am sorry you are dealing with the loss of your girl <3

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                    Originally posted by Zaphod42 View Post
                    Ugh. Well I'm glad it was just a scare and that the snakes are okay. One time I walked into the snake room and was just overwhelmed by the death smell. I immediately started checking cages and frantically pulling drawers out checking everyone. Turns out my darn ball python had decided that she actually didn't want to eat the rat I had given her two days ago. When I fed her she had grabbed the rat and coiled around it, in the ten years I've had her she's never not eaten after doing that so I just closed up her tub assuming she'd gulp it right down. After walking into that smell I check to make sure she actually eats every single time, lol.
                    Once I determined she was fine, I expected to find a hidden regurge in one of the cages lol

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                      Originally posted by Elizabeth94 View Post
                      I got really nervous reading your post. Glad everything is okay, I have not had any of my reptiles die before besides a little anole I had for five years or so. It was so sad I buried him in one of my gardens...

                      Does it really get that bad when they get bigger? I haven't had a big snake yet but my royals did leave nasty ones once in a while.
                      It wasn't a big poo but it had been two days since I changed waters last (crazy busy, don't judge me lol) and from the looks of it, it wasn't long after that when she filled it and slid it to the warm side lol We use Nutribac every 4-5th feeding with the last being 2 weeks ago so I think it just stewed to stinky perfection (if you can call it that lol)

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                        Originally posted by Zaphod42 View Post
                        ....When I fed her she had grabbed the rat and coiled around it, in the ten years I've had her she's never not eaten after doing that so I just closed up her tub assuming she'd gulp it right down. After walking into that smell I check to make sure she actually eats every single time, lol.
                        They manage to train US, don't they! I've had the same thing happen, so I no longer "assume they've eaten" either. That smell is "memorable"!

                        Zamora: I am so sorry for your loss....if only it could have been a rejected food item instead.

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                          Originally posted by zamora View Post
                          I came home to that smell yesterday. My Super Vanilla BP had passed away and I'm devastated. She is the reason I got into breeding BPs.
                          I'm very sorry to hear that B.

                          I know that feeling too well and it is horrible.
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