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    Exclamation Strange Lump Hanging From BP's cloaca

    Hi All,

    I purchased a BP about a month ago and suspect that it's male. Just last night it pooped and i noticed this morning that there is a lump hanging out from it and it looks like it's part of the snake. Please see attached picture.



    What could it be and what should i do?

    Thank you!!!!!

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    Re: Strange Lump Hanging From BP's cloaca

    How long has it been like this? From the pics it looks like a prolapse, keep him on moist papertowels and make a vet appointment tomorrow
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    it looks like its just a male with his hemipenes out but i wouldnt know for certain, looks kinda big for that though, i have only seen pictures and never personally seen that yet.
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    That is a prolapse--definitely not hemipenes. Prolapses are serious and require immediate medical attention if they do not remedy themselves within 24 hours time. As mentioned, keep him on moist paper towels overnight until you can get him to the vet. You can mix some sugar with warm water to make a paste and apply that to the prolapsed area--that can sometimes help to shrink the prolapsed tissue, allowing it to go back into place.
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    Re: Strange Lump Hanging From BP's cloaca

    Looks like his anus to me, and that he's got some hung up poop. Yeah I'd take him to the vet also.

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    Re: Strange Lump Hanging From BP's cloaca

    Quote Originally Posted by mlededee View Post
    That is a prolapse--definitely not hemipenes. Prolapses are serious and require immediate medical attention if they do not remedy themselves within 24 hours time. As mentioned, keep him on moist paper towels overnight until you can get him to the vet. You can mix some sugar with warm water to make a paste and apply that to the prolapsed area--that can sometimes help to shrink the prolapsed tissue, allowing it to go back into place.
    So is it almost like a hemerroid then? I just want to know in case this ever happens to my python as well

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    Re: Strange Lump Hanging From BP's cloaca

    Thank you all so much for your advice. It's about 8PM right now. I probably can't get him to a vet til tomorrow afternoon after i get back from work.

    I was also advised to soak it in some sugar water for the night. Do you guys think that's necessary? Also, how often should i apply the sugar paste? It's super hot right now so how critical is it that the paper towels stay wet?
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    Either soak him in sugar water for a while or apply the paste once tonight and then again before you go to work tomorrow. It is critical to keep the paper towels moist--you do not want the prolapsed area to get dried out.

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    Oh wow, thats nuts. I have never seen this happen before but I have heard of it. Good luck dude, get that snake to the vet asap.

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    Re: Strange Lump Hanging From BP's cloaca

    Quote Originally Posted by boogerbob View Post
    So is it almost like a hemerroid then? I just want to know in case this ever happens to my python as well
    The protrusion of the rectum through the anus. Usually caused by relaxation of the normal supporting structures of the rectum, hemipenes can also prolapse.
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