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    Re: Strange Ball Python Poop

    Quick update:

    I thoroughly cleaned/disinfected his enclosure today. The temps are still doing good and his cool side is now 77+ (warmer during the day). Today he urinated which was a lot of liquid and some urates. Is that normal? Iíve heard it means heís really well hydrated but Iím not sure.

    I weighed him today and he lost about 12 grams since his vet visit. Iím thinking thatís because he missed a feeding last week but I fed him two days ago so hopefully he will gain the weight back. I think Iíll give him two weeks (two feedings) with the new temps and see if he improves.

    Iíve also noticed heís quite small for his age but then again I donít really know his age. Theoretically, heís 2 years old right now but could be younger. Heís about 2 - 2.5 feet and 500 grams. Heís always been on the thinner side but Iím hoping heíll put on some weight.

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    Snakes that have "strange" feces and fail to grow & keep weight on at the expected rate are perfect candidates to have their feces professionally checked for parasites. When snakes "share" their food with parasites, they cannot grow at normal rates & often die prematurely because of the damage done by the parasites, which can invade various organs of the snake's body.

    I wouldn't make assumptions about the weight "loss" as that could easily be related to meals, hydration, & defecation; please remember that we aren't seeing your snake here, your vet is the best one to do that. Glad you fixed the temps, but I'd still be concerned about having his stool checked if that was my snake.

    FYI, what makes it difficult to advise you here: we don't all see our pets body weight the same way, any more than we judge our own body weights very well. Some of us eat more than others & carry more weight ourselves, & tend to feed our pets "generously" & feel that's normal, whereas others of us eat lighter, weigh less & expect the same lean physique of our pets. I've seen some post pics of what they considered to be their "skinny" snake that was actually overweight, & vice versa. Perception is a funny thing...so when you say "he's on the thinner side" & you're "hoping he'll put on some weight", we can't help you without seeing your snake in good photos at the very least, & the vet is in the best place to assess him, IF the vet has adequate experience with snakes. Giving us his weight is meaningless without knowing his actual size- your "noodle" could be angel hair pasta, or rigatoni...know what I mean?
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    Re: Strange Ball Python Poop

    Alright, heres an update:

    He seems to be getting better! I weighed him again and he hadnít lost any weight so Iím wondering if it might be a difference in scales? His poop is also normal (besides having a lot of liquid with urates) and heís still active. He didnít take his mouse last night but he does do that sometimes so Iím going to try again Saturday. Besides that he has been eating great. I think Iíll wait until his next poop and if itís still strange, Iíll bag it and take it to the vet. You guys might be better at telling weight than I am as this is the first snake Iíve had so hereís some picture of him. He is 488 grams.

    Here are some pictures (sorry, I tried uploading to the gallery on here but it wouldnít load after much time waiting. Itís just my internet)

    https://postimg.cc/gallery/jW8Z33W

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    When a BP refuses food, it's often better not to re-offer too quickly. I'd wait at least a week, & check to see if he's going into shed before you get his next meal ready- snakes seem to know well before we can see visible cues, & that might be why he refused. Hard to say with a BP though.
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    Iíve had males and females give me gnarly poops like that during breeding season. They usually smell pretty bad too. Maybe itís scenting? Stinks up the room pretty good.
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    Re: Strange Ball Python Poop

    Yes it smells horrible! Maybe thatís it then? He pooped today and itís looking closer to normal though itís kinda... grainy? Like solid and in a proper shape but looks gravely.

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