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    Ball Pythons misaligned jaw...

    Hello! So my Luna has got me in quite the predicament. Last month (Sept 22) her jaw was swollen and she has a big bump on her bottom jaw. I was super worried about it being mouth rot or something so I was able to get an appointment within a couple days and the vet said that it's just a slight infection from her jaw being misaligned. She was treated with antibiotics every 3 days for 5 shots. Those went well and everything was fine it looked better after the treatment of antibiotics. I tried to ask what causes it and will it fix itself or will this keep happening and I think I know my answer now. Today (Oct 20) I noticed her mouth is starting to look like it did last month .
    So since my vet kinda avoided the question about how to fix this permanently, does anyone else have a ball python with the same issue? I just want to know what I can do to help her.

    She eats a weaned rat around 40g every ten days and hasn't missed a meal since I got her so that's good. She's around 500g and just under 3 ft.

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    It appears to me that one or more of her teeth are caught on other tissues inside her mouth- surely your vet completely opened her mouth when she was seen?

    The main thing is to carefully help the snake get their teeth unhooked, as gently but effectively as possible. I've had snakes do this before- it's been a long time & I think it was when I had BPs (which I no longer do)- they have fairly long teeth & "big mouths" & seem a little prone to doing this.

    Sometimes you can get a small blunt tool (like a wood popsicle stick) in their mouth behind the teeth to unhook them. This is why snakes often yawn before & after they eat- to get their teeth back in alignment- but sometimes they still get in a fix.

    When they strike their food, a few teeth may be loosened & knocked sideways- causing this trouble. Sometimes an offending tooth may actually end up poking right thru the snake's jaw (visible outside the snake's face), & necessitating removal.

    It's possible, if this is ignored, that your snake will get an infection & swelling from this- obviously, that is best avoided with prompt treatment of the teeth. If your snake had such a swelling* & antibiotics, & now it's recurring, it's possible that an embedded tooth was never removed. Unfortunately you might need vet help again, & you might want a different opinion. https://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661 *FYI, snakes have mostly solid pus, so if an abscess forms, it usually needs surgical help to drain.
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    Re: Ball Pythons misaligned jaw...

    Okay thank you so much for the suggestion I will try that!

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    Re: Ball Pythons misaligned jaw...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    It appears to me that one or more of her teeth are caught on other tissues inside her mouth- surely your vet completely opened her mouth when she was seen? The main thing is to carefully help the snake get their teeth unhooked, as gently but effectively as possible. I've had snakes do this before- it's been a long time & I think it was when I had BPs (which I no longer do)- they have fairly long teeth & "big mouths" & seem a little prone to doing this. Sometimes you can get a small blunt tool in their mouth behind the teeth to unhook them. This is why snakes often yawn before & after they eat- to get their teeth back in alignment- but sometimes they still get in a fix.
    It does look like her bottom lip is caught on her bottom teeth . I'm trying my best to open her jaw all the way and get it unstuck. She's struggling with me hard so it must hurt. I am giving her a small break for a minute and I noticed she's wheezing and making a whistling noise. But that might be her huffing and hissing as well.

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    Re: Ball Pythons misaligned jaw...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bayalicious View Post
    It does look like her bottom lip is caught on her bottom teeth . I'm trying my best to open her jaw all the way and get it unstuck. She's struggling with me hard so it must hurt. I am giving her a small break for a minute and I noticed she's wheezing and making a whistling noise. But that might be her huffing and hissing as well.

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    That's what it looks like to me also. Very similar to the way we look when we bite our lip. But snakes teeth are sharp & curve just enough to be trouble. Do your best to keep her calm- not too heavy handed & let her rest. Most snakes seem to figure out we're trying to help them when we're patient, even though they hate whatever we're doing. Might help if someone else can help you restrain her, but I've done this solo before, so it's up to you & what you're comfortable with.
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    Re: Ball Pythons misaligned jaw...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    That's what it looks like to me also. Very similar to the way we look when we bite our lip. But snakes teeth are sharp & curve just enough to be trouble. Do your best to keep her calm- not too heavy handed & let her rest. Most snakes seem to figure out we're trying to help them when we're patient, even though they hate whatever we're doing. Might help if someone else can help you restrain her, but I've done this solo before, so it's up to you & what you're comfortable with.
    Thank you, I managed to try again with my husband holding a flashlight and she realigned it herself after I forced her jaw open. It looks okay now. I'll just have to check her after every time she feeds so it doesn't become infected again. That might of been it the first time but I didn't know about it until it was too late.

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    Yay!!! Good job! She'd thank you if she could talk...lol.
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    Re: Ball Pythons misaligned jaw...

    Haha thanks. I am so paranoid about anything medical and especially with her issues the last time. I'm glad I don't have to drop another benjamin on her haha. She was really good too she only had a hissy fit .

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