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  • Python ripped the mouse up!

    I fed my Ball Python today and i put in a mice in with him and he ate the first one.I put a second one in with him and he ripped off the fur and didnt eat it.He has never done this before.Can someone explain to me why he would do this???
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    Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

    ??? I don't know. Maybe he was not hungry, just in a very aggressive, playfull mood. You know kind of like when you were a kid and you would mix your mashed potatoes and peas together, because you weren't hungry, but you mom wouldn't let you leave the table!!!! LOL ;D But that is kind of weird. do you always feed yours 2 rats instead of 1? Just wondering if I should start feeding him 2.

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    • #3
      Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

      Well,eversince the feeding insident,i took Monty to the vet and he said that he has neurological diseas and i cant do nothen about it.I took him home and spent 3 days with Monty before I went yesterday morning to go put him to sleep.It was for the best...I couldnt stand to see my python like that.So,ya,now im out to get a new python.The vet said that pythons and boas get this neurological diseas sometimes.I did everything I could for him.went and spent 300 dollars on the vet and medication.Very sad to lose a pet.He was my first snake i ever got...

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      • #4
        Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

        :'( :'(Sorry about Monty. :'(

        Before you get a new one make sure you clean everything real good.


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        • #5
          Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

          Did the vet tell you exactly what disease it was? If it was IBD, then you need to clean everythign extremely well to ensure that this doesn't come back. I had a snake die of IBD and cleaned out her enclosure to reuse. It can be done, but I'd get rid of any logs, rocks, bowls, etc. that can't really be cleaned very thoroughly.

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          • #6
            Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

            :-/Unfortunately the vet did not tell me what disease it was.I'll give him a call tomorow.He told me when I took Monty in for a check out,that it was a disease that is common to pythons and boas...I dont really know anything about neurological diseases.. ???What is IBD?

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            • #7
              Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

              (IBD) stand for Inclusion Body Disease

              Here are some sites on Inclusion Body Disease(IBD):

              www.anapsid.org/ibd.html

              www.vetmed.ufl.edu/sacs/wildlife/IBDINFO.html

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              • #8
                Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                I called the vet and he told me that this neurological disease is something that Pythons get after a certain age.He said it like how Pure Bred dogs work...When you breed pure bred dogs,theres a chance that the dog canhave problems from being such a pure bred.This is what happens to some pythons and unfortunately my python fell into this category.I am told that this disease is not transferable beyond any means.Which is a good thing because Monty's companion was a Colombian Red Tail Boa.They grew up together and seemed to really enjoy each others company.Thanks for those links to the IBD web sites.It helped me out alot.Thank-you........

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                • #9
                  Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                  I am so sorry to hear about monty. :'( Now I kind of feel bad joking around about him not eating. I know how hard it is to loose one of your babies. I would be very upset if I had to put one of mine down. :'( :'( :'( Again, I'm sorry about your lose.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                    Thank you.It was hard to do,but it was for the best...Im going tomorrow to look for a new python and hopefully one will catch my eye...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                      Hope you find one you like.

                      But I would still clean everything real good before you put a new snake in the enclosure.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                        I cleaned everything real good after I had Monty put down...I would never want to go through this with another snake.It was very sad watching him not be abel to control his body movements and have a hard time breathing.Its something I wouldnt want anyone to go through with there snake.Im excited to go look for a new snake.Rosy is sorta lonely now......

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                        • #13
                          Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                          All thats left to do is find a new companion for Rosy

                          Good Luck

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                          • #14
                            Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                            I went today to look for a new companion for Rosy.I had no luck.I found a Green Tree Python that was amazing.Green and Yellow.Very Beautiful.But it was 300.00 dollars and I cant afford that until I get a new home for Rosy.I have a glass aquarium and its a pain in the @$$ to keep the temperature in.Maybe I'll find something tomorrow....

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                            • #15
                              Re: Python ripped the mouse up!

                              I'm very sorry to hear about your snake, thats ruff brother :'(. Say, Do I understand you correctly; you are looking for another snake to put in with a BCI? The only snake you should put in with a BCI is another BCI. It's not a question as to whether or not putting 2 different species will get along with each other; it's about keeping them healthy. Different species of snakes can make each other sick if housed together by passing alien bacteria to one another. Some of the good bacteria that are found in a Ball python that help him fight illness, and digest food can be passed to a BCI, and make him sick. Also happens Vice versa. Even if they are the same species, they can stress each other out. Snakes do not need partners, they don't really "like" each other, but rather they usually tolerate each other when housed together. Much like they're attitude toward us. IMO, it is always better to house snakes individually unless they're together for breeding purposes. If snakes are housed together you can never tell for sure which one pooped, and if one gets sick they all get sick usually. Also, a ball Python's housing requirements (like temperature, humidity) are different from a BCI, so if you have both together, one of the snakes, or both are not going to be housed in the correct environment. That is going to be the same case with almost all other snakes as well, different requirements to keep them healthy. That's my .02. (Probably more like .05 lol). -Juggalo

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