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QUESTION: I have a video too. This 18 inch garder is writhing and turning over and opening and closing mouth and not at all concerned when I accidentally walked right up on it. I see no injury. Not sure if it just ate although behavior has been happening at least 45 min that I know of or if maybe she is birthing although I see nothing starting to emerge or if s/he is dying in which case I could help as this is long and agonizing.  This is happening right now at 9:45am on Tuesday morning. S/he is in the shade and we did have a nasty storm last night with hail and lots of rain. Just random info in hopes  it will help determine what is happening.

ANSWER: It could have been a number of things, it could have swallowed something that is lodged painfully.. could have broken spinal bones, really no one can say. Sorry the delay was so long, hopefully it was all figured out.

But it's best to just leave them be, unless it's a obvious "it won't recover from this" wound.

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QUESTION: I greatly appreciate your response although I was hoping it was not going to confirm the critter was suffering.  Whatever it was, when I went back out 30 min or so later it was gone from the spot.  So in my mind it resolved and peacefully slithered off into the garden.  Thank you for putting your knowledge and expertise out there

I'm sure it did. They can do some weird things. You have no idea how many times I have had people call saying they found a dead "rattlesnake" and I get there and it's a hognose that was just playing dead.

Or I have had a boa break ribs and thrash around like she was possesed with a demon. I'm sure he is doing fine, but it's great that you were concerned!  


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I can answer any and all questions about snakes, whether its how to pick the right snake for your needs and wants, eating and temperature issues, health problems ( I can not give a diagnosis or make up for vetrinary treatment but can give options on what to do). I can also answer any questions on breeding snakes, what it entitles, what you can expect, I know quite a bit about any products for snakes and their husbandry.


I currently keep over 150 snakes, I keep everything from ball pyhtons, to retics to green tree pythons. I have been around them my whole life due to a family interest in breeding them. I have researched, purchased, and delt with just about every snake, product and issue you can run into.

Although I do not have a degree in herpatology, I have been around snakes my whole life and through books, research and life I know alot about them.

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