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    Mucus balls

    Fed my 8 month old bp 2 days ago and he swallowed a chunk of reptichip in the process. I didn't see it happen,but I saw him out and about this afternoon. His mouth wide open with a big white glob of something in it. I scooped him up and he tail wrapped my arm and hung down. What was in his mouth dropped out. Reptichip heavily coated in mucus. I also found another bigger blob of mucus he must have gotten out earlier. Is this how they expel material? Is there any thing I should watch for? Any insight would be appreciated.

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    Lucky he got that out ok (with your help). Snakes cannot cough, the mucus was just your snake's body trying to deal with an irritant. He's probably fine now, but
    for future reference, I'd feed him on a "plate" of some kind from now on, so he doesn't swallow substrate that he cannot digest. (it can get stuck in his intestines)
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    Re: Mucus balls

    Thank you for your suggestion and insight Ms. Tophis. I tried the plate trick and he struck and constricted on it but when he arranged it swallow it he of course moved it off the plate. A partial victory. Onward thru the fog...

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    Re: Mucus balls

    Quote Originally Posted by Zspook View Post
    Thank you for your suggestion and insight Ms. Tophis. I tried the plate trick and he struck and constricted on it but when he arranged it swallow it he of course moved it off the plate. A partial victory. Onward thru the fog...
    A box lid (like from a shoebox, that has a 1" "lip" on it) also qualifies as a "plate"...just saying. I've been feeding a countless # of snakes for many years, I'm well aware
    that snakes tend to move & thrash around when having dinner...sometimes you need to stand by with tongs to fix things while they're in the process...
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