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    What is happening to my BP's nose?

    Anyone ever see this before?








    Made an appointment to see a vet on Saturday and get it checked out.

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    Glad you made an appt'mt...can't tell if that's dried blood or substrate* stuck on his face (*what do you use in enclosure?), but also appears he's been
    rubbing (pushing) with his nose on something abrasive or (if you feed live-?-) it's a possible injury/bite damage. Either way, it looks like an "ouch".

    Let us know how it goes?
    Many friends in low places...

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    Thanks.
    I use coconut coir (husk) but don't think that's it. Hope it's just from rubbing something abrasive but it's got to hurt.


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    This ^ ^ ^ is a much better picture...it was hard to tell if there was an injury in the other one (like a split on the upper "lip"); this looks like he's just embedded
    some substrate...have you tried washing it off gently with a wet Q tip? Not sure he really needs a vet...looks more like a stain, & if you're worried, you could dab
    on a little bit of Betadine (povidone iodine) to ward off infection.
    Many friends in low places...

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    what a cutie, I'm curious to know as well how this works out

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    Re: What is happening to my BP's nose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    This ^ ^ ^ is a much better picture...it was hard to tell if there was an injury in the other one (like a split on the upper "lip"); this looks like he's just embedded
    some substrate...have you tried washing it off gently with a wet Q tip? Not sure he really needs a vet...looks more like a stain, & if you're worried, you could dab
    on a little bit of Betadine (povidone iodine) to ward off infection.
    Usually easy to handle but is squirmy when I try to pick her up now.
    Tried with a damp towel but she wouldn't let me get close enough, will try with a wet Q-tip today after work. Thanks for the advice.
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    Re: What is happening to my BP's nose?

    Quote Originally Posted by William S Burrows View Post
    Usually easy to handle but is squirmy when I try to pick her up now.
    Tried with a damp towel but she wouldn't let me get close enough, will try with a wet Q-tip today after work. Thanks for the advice.
    Well you're much bigger than she is (I'm assuming) so I expect you to "win" this battle... but snakes are easier to treat when you don't go directly to the task at hand.

    Take a little time & be relaxed (like usual) so she doesn't feel like she's under attack. Imagine going to your doctor & when you walk in they put you in a choke-hold?
    So once she knows you are familiar, you gently & more firmly restrain...but if a snake really struggles, it's a give & take so they don't get hurt. (like when snakes try to
    "barrel-roll" to escape, you need to lighten up & start over) I find that snakes seem to realize that I'm helping them, even if they don't much care for what I have to do, I
    don't get bit for doing it. When you treat a snake, try to imagine yourself in their place...that should help you accomplish your task. Not too pushy, but don't wimp out.
    Many friends in low places...

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    So yeah it was a bit of stuck coco husk & dried blood from rubbing too hard. Vet gave the snake an exam, looked inside the mouth too; cleaned it up and said it should heal up after a shed or two. Was given a scoop and bottle to get a poop sample and have it checked for parasites.
    Don't feel too bad about paying to have a pro check her out and other than this problem she's healthy. Will probably take my other BP in later this summer for a check up.



    I'll take 2 cups of snake, please.

    And the vet had this anatomy graphic on the wall, going to see if I can find it on Amazon.


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    Good job...glad it's nothing serious- I didn't think it was but if you're unsure, better to have the vet take a look. Can't always tell enough from online photos.
    Thanks for letting us know how things turned out.
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