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    Ball Python Stuck!! Hurting himself, please help!

    I have no idea how but my snake has got himself stuck and he is hurting himself trying to get out, I see pink flesh coming out of his belly as he is trying to rip out of it. I have tried putting water base lubricant but nothing is helping, i think he has caught himself on the inside.

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    Any suggestions? I am desperate, I cant take him to the vet till the morning.

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    Re: Ball Python Stuck!! Hurting himself, please help!

    Maybe loads of lubricant on it both sides of the ornament and wrap a towel around it and very gently try to ease it BACK out ??

    I donít see it being able to get all the way through it ..


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    OMG, that poor snake! You must never put stuff like this in snake cages...this is why.

    What is that thing made of? If you can carefully (!) saw thru that without cutting into him...maybe just far enough, not quite all the way thru, so it can be broken open-
    otherwise he can die from this, sorry to say morning may be too late. Snake's scales get stuck, they only slide in one direction & catch the other way so they cannot back
    out. Maybe a vet (veterinary ER?) would have a better idea...maybe anesthetize the snake so he can be manipulated easier, or won't be moving & fighting back. PLEASE
    get this poor snake some help ASAP...this is your fault, not his. Call the vet, describe the situation NOW. A vet can use a saw like they use to cut off a cast.
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    I would be trying to cut, pry, break that off of my snake!

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    If the lube is not working, take it to an emergency vet asap. Those things don't break easy by hand, I see them at the pet store all the time, hard plastic. You can hurt him by pulling the wrong way, or hurt him by other ways. Put him in a pillow, keep him as still as possible and rush to the vet. If his flesh is exposed, he will need medical no matter what. Best news would be he manage get out on the way to the vet, worst is that he continues to cut himself.

    Contact your closest emergency vet, even if they don't treat exotic, call and ask for advice and help.
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    Re: Ball Python Stuck!! Hurting himself, please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesenugget View Post
    If the lube is not working, take it to an emergency vet asap. Those things don't break easy by hand, I see them at the pet store all the time, hard plastic. You can hurt him by pulling the wrong way, or hurt him by other ways. Put him in a pillow, keep him as still as possible and rush to the vet. If his flesh is exposed, he will need medical no matter what. Best news would be he manage get out on the way to the vet, worst is that he continues to cut himself.

    Contact your closest emergency vet, even if they don't treat exotic, call and ask for advice and help.
    I sure hope that the lack of an answer from the OP means they're on their way to the vet...
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    Re: Ball Python Stuck!! Hurting himself, please help!

    Omg I have had to worse couple of hours. I couldn't get hold of anyone apart from a local vet who had no clue so I have been easing away the snake with oil and lubrication and I finally got him free!!! He is feeling very sorry for myself and I am on the verge of a panic attack...... He is cut up around the area but he is alive... I am will be going to the vet I know first thing to get him treated but he is back in his hide on the warm side for the time being...

    I have had that stupid T rex thing and the ball python for 1.5 years (first time snake owner, got him when he was 3 months old) and I have never seen him do this. It is in the bin already, lesson learned.

    Thank you all for your replies, I was way too stressed to answer but I was reading them <3

    Will keep you all posted on recovery and treatment
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    Stuck snake

    Just as an FYI, a Dremel with a blade can be a quick, safe way to disarticulate resin decorations without alarming the snake more than it aready is.
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    Re: Stuck snake

    Quote Originally Posted by Spicey View Post
    Just as an FYI, a Dremel with a blade can be a quick, safe way to disarticulate resin decorations without alarming the snake more than it aready is.
    This would be safer if there was a second pair of hands to make sure the snake didn't suddenly veer toward the Dremel...you have to plan for the unthinkable.
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    Re: Ball Python Stuck!! Hurting himself, please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunsen View Post
    Omg I have had to worse couple of hours. I couldn't get hold of anyone apart from a local vet who had no clue so I have been easing away the snake with oil and lubrication and I finally got him free!!! He is feeling very sorry for myself and I am on the verge of a panic attack...... He is cut up around the area but he is alive... I am will be going to the vet I know first thing to get him treated but he is back in his hide on the warm side for the time being...

    I have had that stupid T rex thing and the ball python for 1.5 years (first time snake owner, got him when he was 3 months old) and I have never seen him do this. It is in the bin already, lesson learned.

    Thank you all for your replies, I was way too stressed to answer but I was reading them <3

    Will keep you all posted on recovery and treatment
    I so hope the cuts aren't too bad & that he recovers. I know you didn't mean for this to happen. Sooner or later, snakes in captivity have nothing better to do than check out everything within their reach -it's up to us to do the thinking for them, they don't know better than to get stuck. Even in the wild, snakes get killed this way, going thru some kinds of fences (especially 'bird netting' that some ppl use in their garden) or other debris. Just because pet stores sell cage "decor" doesn't mean it's safe...it may be fine for fish to swim thru, but never for snakes. Even driftwood, you have to make sure there's no holes that your snake can get stuck in, & never use cholla logs either.
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