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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-14-2008, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Corn snake question about heating mice

My sister's snake died last night, and she just wants to know what she might have done wrong. It was a really tiny, young snake not even a year old, and her first pet because it took years to break mom down and let her have it.

She says she thinks she heated its food too much, is that possible? She also said it was making a lot of noise last night, when she checked this morning it seemed like the noise was from regurgitating the pinkie. Mostly, I think she's upset that she didn't get up to check right away because it was late at night and she was really tired. Even if she had gone to check right away, was there anything that could have been done?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-14-2008, 01:57 PM
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I'm not sure what could have gone wrong, but with young snakes theirs always the possibility of being stressed out.

You shouldn't handle a snake for 48 hours after it has eaten.

Check out this link.
http://www.reptilechannel.com/reptil...-regurgitating

If you sister is getting another snake, clean the tank very well, and purchase a snake from a breeder





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Sure, it's possible to heat the mice up too much. What method was she using?

The safest way is to use hot water. That way it heats from the outside, and you can check with your fingers to tell how hot the mouse is.

Never use a microwave, it can create hot spot inside the mouse that can kill the reptile.

I'm not saying she did this, but this is one thing that could have gone wrong.

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another possibility is that she bought an unhealthy snake, and didn't even know it.

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She said she used hot water to heat the mouse. She thinks maybe she accidentally cooked the mouse by leaving it in too long or something and that somehow upset the snake's digestive system. It was one year old as of last Saturday.
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I don't think she could have cooked the mouse inless she put it in boiling water.

The water cools down pretty fast.

She may have just had a sick snake.





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