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    HELP! Green urate!

    Oh boy so I'm super on edge right now because I just got back from a 6 day trip, checked on Tapioca and found a very green urate inside his hide. It's more like a pine green in person. I will post a photo in a moment.

    Should I be alarmed? Could this be a sign of sickness? I've been reading how it's considered normal as long as it's infrequent, and the green is caused by bile, but I'm worried about how it's super green. However I've also seen a minority mention it could be a sign of kigney failure??

    Please, can anyone tell me if this is bad or normal? Should I take Tapioca to the vet and/or send a stool sample?

    I'm very anxious because I STILL haven't heard back from the vet with Kallari's necropsy result.

    Quick context: For those who don't know about this sad news, Kallari has passed away unexpectingly February 1st. The immediate necropsy results were that her heart seemed fairly large for her body, but this could be a result of post moterm.

    They also found an obstruction in her lower GI and what they suspect was the cause of her death. Seems she ingested some reptibark. Her organs have been sent to the lab which I am still desperately waiting for the results.

    I am terrified if somehow something is also wrong with Tapioca or I'm just being paranoid because of what happened with Kallari? Please give feedback
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    All 9 of my snakes pass green bile from time to time, one of which is a 19 year old BP.

    I can understand your concern considering what you have just gone through, but I don’t think there is anything to worry about unless it was a massive quantity.
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    Re: HELP! Green urate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Reinz View Post
    All 9 of my snakes pass green bile from time to time, one of which is a 19 year old BP.

    I can understand your concern considering what you have just gone through, but I donít think there is anything to worry about unless it was a massive quantity.
    Thank you so much for replying! It really helps take a load of anxiety off my mind. I wasn't sure if I was overreacting because of what happened to Kallari or if I had a legit concern.
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    Forgot to post a photo. It looks more neon bc of the lighting, but it's more of a pine green in person.
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    Re: HELP! Green urate!

    Considering your recent loss of your other snake: I would recommend that you speak to your Vet regarding this issue. What we consider normal under regular circumstances is evidence during an investigation.
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    I agree with other posts above...colorful urates are fairly "normal" now & then but it wouldn't hurt to show & ask the vet, all things considered. It's probably
    "nothing" but asking means you're a caring owner, even though I think it's a small chance of it being significant.
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    I've seen my share of greenish, yellowish or gray urates. The color of most concern is orange (or reddish), as I recall.
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    It's a real shame that Kallari ingested some Reptibark. It's not as if snakes in the wild don't ingest debris too (as some always like to point out) but when they're our pets, I think prevention is the better way. Snakes have strong digestive enzymes but only for their normal foods...they cannot, unfortunately, digest wood or other plant fibers, & such debris can cause an obstruction or even a perforation...it's very hard for a vet to fix that, even if you had realized in time.
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    Under normal circumstances I wouldn't sweat a green poo, I've seen a handful through the years. Never one quite that green though. It almost looks like chewed gum.

    But, considering, I wouldn't hesitate to make a vet appointment. It certainly won't hurt and will hopefully give you the peace of mind you deserve.

    Please keep us posted.
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    Re: HELP! Green urate!

    Yeah I think preventative measures are key ..
    I use orchid bark in all mine BUT feed over pieces of card to minimise the chance of ingestion


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