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  • [Health-General] Help please! 8ft boa was stuck, shes out but looks bad. any advice?

    Hi,
    I'm posting for a friend of mine. About a week ago his snake got stuck behind a radiator in his room. She is about 8 ft long. She was stuck for about a week, (I know that's too long). Anyway, my friend got her out but obviously she was traumatized, hurt, and mad I'm sure. She looked really bad and was laying on her side for a few days. The thickest part of her body was wedged in a tiny space. Her scales are damaged and look very dried out, almost broken. She isn't eating but she is at least moving somewhat. However the other day she went into her water dish and put her head under the water and it almost looked like she was drowning herself. My friend had to pull her out and he said it looked like she spit up mucas. He also said that she was hissing at him which isnt normal for her. She is not very active at all. Her skin looks pretty damaged at the thickest part of her body where she was stuck. I did reasearch and from what i have gathered is it may be a respitory infection. Which would make sense as she couldnt regulate her body temp being stuck. He put her lamp next to her when she was stuck. He was hoping she would come out on her own. Anyway we live in North Dakota and it is very hard finding a vet that takes snakes. If anyone can give advice or information as how he can help her or what could be going on. He has had her since she was a baby and he thinks that she isn't gonna make it. So here I am asking for help and hoping there is some things he can do to help her. Thank you so much.

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    Re: Help please! 8ft boa was stuck, shes out but looks bad. any advice?

    Ok, where in ND are you? Has he called around and tried to find a vet? You may have to expand your search, I called several vets before getting a successful referral to a good herp vet. Exotic specialized vets are definitely worth a trip and sounds like this snake desperately needs it. If she has an RI she will need antibiotics and I'd have xrays done to check for broken ribs or internal injuries as well.

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      Re: Help please! 8ft boa was stuck, shes out but looks bad. any advice?

      Herp Vet Connection

      I just found this doing a quick search. Naturally, there are none in North Dakota, but if you're near SD or MN there are a few listed.

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        Re: Help please! 8ft boa was stuck, shes out but looks bad. any advice?

        Reptile Vets search results, filtered by ND

        Here's one in Fargo.

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          Re: Help please! 8ft boa was stuck, shes out but looks bad. any advice?

          I found the same one in Fargo listed on Kingsnake.com. It shows the vet's name as Kevin Dill and I found their website here with contact info. If nothing else, they may be able to help you find someone closer to you if Fargo is far away. I'm sure they know of any other herp vets around there.
          Animal Health Clinic | Veterinarians & Staff

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            Re: Help please! 8ft boa was stuck, shes out but looks bad. any advice?

            Poor snake is likely in pain (broken ribs & maybe internal injuries) as well as a respiratory infection. An RI can kill a snake, they cannot cough out mucus....please get her some medical help, one way or another.

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              Re: Help please! 8ft boa was stuck, shes out but looks bad. any advice?

              What is the progress on the snake? Is everything ok? I had a friend of mine who let his reticulated python roam the house and got stuck between the radiator and was just chilling. So i told him to wave a rat in the area and the retic came out with no injuries..
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