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    Awesome pics!!!! Thanks for sharing!!
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    Re: Fresh Shed from Cleo the Cali King



    Cleo shed last night and the weather was nice, so I took her out for a little photo op.

    I know sheís about as basic as they come as far as common snakes go.... but I absolutely love the way she looks. It helps that sheís a total sweetheart.


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    Great pics!!!

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    Okay first of all that is SO COOL that the shed has stripes on it!! Secondly she is much bigger than I imagined a kingsnake would ever be. My science teacher had one and it was only about 2 feet long.
    Lots of pets, all loved and well-cared for: 2 BP's, 1 ratsnake, 1 panther chameleon, 2 ferrets, 2 cats, 1 dog, 2 FFA Chickens, and one baby lovebird.

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    Re: Fresh Shed from Cleo the Cali King

    Quote Originally Posted by FollowTheSun View Post
    Okay first of all that is SO COOL that the shed has stripes on it!! Secondly she is much bigger than I imagined a kingsnake would ever be. My science teacher had one and it was only about 2 feet long.
    Sheís fairly large for a cal king, about the max of their average size range. Sheís pushing 6 ft. I donít actually know sheís a she - I need to probe her but since sheís just a pet Iíve never gotten around to it lol.




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    Re: Fresh Shed from Cleo the Cali King

    Quote Originally Posted by FollowTheSun View Post
    Okay first of all that is SO COOL that the shed has stripes on it!! Secondly she is much bigger than I imagined a kingsnake would ever be. My science teacher had one and it was only about 2 feet long.
    Interesting... my Mexican Blacks sheds were always kinda light charcoal grey


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    What a beautiful & healthy-looking Cal-king! I like how their pattern shows on their sheds too. Incidentally, you can see their patterns in the shed when rattlesnakes
    "undress" also. It's funny how some snakes just have lots more pigment in the sheds than others do.

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    Re: Fresh Shed from Cleo the Cali King

    Unfortunately, I have some bad news to share about Cleo.


    It seems sheís developed an RI. Last night I happened to look over and I saw her out drinking, so I paused to watch her. Then she started rubbing her face on things and proceeded to cough up water. I thought that was weird, so I took her out. For about 5 minutes I held her and looked her over and everything seemed normal, so I thought maybe I startled her mid-drink and she just had some water in her mouth. If only. Right as I was about to put her up, she made a very loud gargling noise and spit up more water. Thatís when I knew something was up. For the next 10 minutes or so (Iím estimating, it may have been shorter, but it felt like a long time) she kept doing this off and on, with the liquid coming out becoming more viscous than plain water. She also periodically would have bubbles coming out of her nose. I could feel the rumbling when she would spit up the water.

    Obviously I knew this was not good and signs of an RI - and a progressed one, at that. Luckily I had a spare enclosure, so I quickly put together a quarantine setup and got her in that. As this was late last night, all the vets were closed, so I called first thing this morning. Unfortunately, the soonest they can see me due to the reptile specialistís work hours is Thursday. In the meantime, I have bumped her temps up and will be watching her closely. Iíve called another vet to see if they can get me in sooner but havenít heard back.

    The sliver of good news is that despite these rather concerning symptoms, she is still physically strong and her tongue is flicking and all of that. She has been eating and otherwise behaving normally. The only thing that, in hindsight, was a clue was that she has been hanging out in her warm hide a lot the past week or so. She does that when sheís going into shed so thatís what I assumed it was.... but now I believe she had been trying to boost her metabolism and fight off the infection.

    Iím baffled as to how it progressed to this without me realizing; sheís in my living room, so Iím looking at her constantly and I get her out very frequently. As Iíve had her for years and never had an issue, I think the culprit is probably the bedding.... I switched from paper to Coco Husk a few months ago because I wanted her to be able to burrow. When I cleaned out her tank last night after this debacle I noticed it was fairly dusty. Ugh. I should have been keeping it more moist, I guess, but I didnít want crazy humidity in there because kings donít need it. I was worried about scale rot from wet bedding. Regardless, itís 100% my fault, which sucks.

    Send her good vibes please. I love her to pieces and would never want to lose her.




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    Re: Fresh Shed from Cleo the Cali King

    Unfortunately, I have some bad news to share about Cleo.


    It seems sheís developed an RI. Last night I happened to look over and I saw her out drinking, so I paused to watch her. Then she started rubbing her face on things and proceeded to cough up water. I thought that was weird, so I took her out. For about 5 minutes I held her and looked her over and everything seemed normal, so I thought maybe I startled her mid-drink and she just had some water in her mouth. If only. Right as I was about to put her up, she made a very loud gargling noise and spit up more water. Thatís when I knew something was up. For the next 10 minutes or so (Iím estimating, it may have been shorter, but it felt like a long time) she kept doing this off and on, with the liquid coming out becoming more viscous than plain water. She also periodically would have bubbles coming out of her nose. I could feel the rumbling when she would spit up the water.

    Obviously I knew this was not good and signs of an RI - and a progressed one, at that. Luckily I had a spare enclosure, so I quickly put together a quarantine setup and got her in that. As this was late last night, all the vets were closed, so I called first thing this morning. Unfortunately, the soonest they can see me due to the reptile specialistís work hours is Thursday. In the meantime, I have bumped her temps up and will be watching her closely. Iíve called another vet to see if they can get me in sooner but havenít heard back.

    The sliver of good news is that despite these rather concerning symptoms, she is still physically strong and her tongue is flicking and all of that. She has been eating and otherwise behaving normally. The only thing that, in hindsight, was a clue was that she has been hanging out in her warm hide a lot the past week or so. She does that when sheís going into shed so thatís what I assumed it was.... but now I believe she had been trying to boost her metabolism and fight off the infection.

    Iím baffled as to how it progressed to this without me realizing; sheís in my living room, so Iím looking at her constantly and I get her out very frequently. As Iíve had her for years and never had an issue, I think the culprit is probably the bedding.... I switched from paper to Coco Husk a few months ago because I wanted her to be able to burrow. When I cleaned out her tank last night after this debacle I noticed it was fairly dusty. Ugh. I should have been keeping it more moist, I guess, but I didnít want crazy humidity in there because kings donít need it. I was worried about scale rot from wet bedding. Regardless, itís 100% my fault, which sucks.

    Send her good vibes please. I love her to pieces and would never want to lose her.




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    Re: Fresh Shed from Cleo the Cali King

    That sucks. I wish the best for your king and hope everything turns out well
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