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    Question Behaviors or conditions that indicate a sick BP?

    Iíve caught my snake opening her mouth wide a couple of times over the past week (but I am not home everyday). She is also hanging out outside of her cool hide. She seems content, but Iím worried something may be wrong. Any advice or previous posts that may help? Thank you -

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    She's probably just yawning or re-aligning her jaw. As long as you don't hear wheezing or see any mucousy discharge or drool I wouldn't worry. Just keep an eye on it.

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    Re: Behaviors or conditions that indicate a sick BP?

    Snakes yawn. Not a big deal. As Craig said, look for other signs of illness like:

    Lethargy

    Not eating

    Trouble breathing and or discharge

    Defensivness

    Keep us posted, but sounds okay to me.

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    Red face Re: Behaviors or conditions that indicate a sick BP?

    Hi All - I took her to the vet. Weíve had her 5 years (adopted at 7-8 yrs old), and sheís never had a check up, so it was good to establish care if nothing else, she was unusually lethargic and struck at my spouse (Which I read as aggressive, even though a hand was waved right in front of her when she was hungry), and I didnít even know for sure she is a she.

    Turns out she does have a URI, wheezing, and some swelling in her mouth. She reflected two rats earlier this week, but is a good weight, and should make a great recovery after 10 injections over the next 30 days. I got some reassurance about her feeding schedule, and some great advice on her light/heat/humidity from a female vet (not that it matters, but it was cool) that actually owns a ball python. Blood draw for sexing complete, and some peace of mind. Thank you so much for that list of behaviors/conditions - it tipped us into action.

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    Thumbs up Re: Behaviors or conditions that indicate a sick BP?

    I meant Ďrejectedí, of course!

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    Cool Itís a Girl!

    No blood draw was necessary - probed instead (we are still in the vet parking lot) Yay! 4.5 feet, 2.6 pounds

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