Still, I think the babies would have had a chance if they had stayed with the mother. I don't know why a person wouldn't hold them for you till weaning with a deposit, unless they needed them euthed soon or at that size for their snakes.
The symptoms are odd and the only thing I can suggest is to get one to the vet when it first starts showing signs of being off. It really does NOT sound like megacolon, which usually shows up as a distended belly and stunted size at this age, but they normally show symptoms for a while before death. However, the symptoms could be from using formula. Anything but mother's milk isn't ever really very good for baby animals, especially powdered formulas.
I would offer a little bit of LIVE CULTURE yogurt which will introduce beneficial bacteria to their gut and help them digest effectively. Normally they would receive this from being in contact with their mother as well. You can also use products like Probios, Probiotics, or the like.
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