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    Cool She bit the rack and i saw a tooth fly out of her mouth.

    So my big female has a WILD feeding response, so wild that she sometimes gets a bit too excited. Tonight she missed the rat, took a hard left and decided to latch on to my rack. When she pulled away from the shelf she bit i saw (and heard) a tooth snap out of her mouth. Here is my question, i am well aware of the fact that ball python can and will lose teeth occasionally. My worry here is that she may have jammed part of the tooth up into her gum by biting such a hard surface. Can this happen? Should i be on the lookiut for the next couple weeks? Or am i just psyching myself out?
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    While I wouldn't lose sleep over it, I would advise keeping a watch for anything abnormal with her jaws (like swelling). Here's hoping all is well. I do know that sometimes snakes manage to impale their own jaws with their own bent teeth, so it's not impossible. I've seen (as have others here) snakes whose jaw remains folded into itself (as if biting their own lip) & sometimes they need "a little help from their friends" (us!) to unlatch it. But these things are unlikely, just not impossible either. It's not only your snake-
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    Cool Re: She bit the rack and i saw a tooth fly out of her mouth.

    Sweet!! Thanks so much i know that any issues from this are unlikely but i always worry anyway. I cant help it! Ive heard stories like that as well so figured it was worth the ask.
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    Besides abnormal swelling, just always look for symmetry, & that your snake's jaws close as they should. Sometimes they just get some substrate stuck in their mouth too, but either way, it bears paying attention since they can't spit or tell us anything. But she's probably just fine.
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