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Old 08-17-2020, 06:30 PM   #1
Reptile88
Retained eye cap, or injury?

So far my snake has been through a few sheds, and the blue dot in the center of my snake's eye is still there. According to the appearance of the skin, the eye caps did shed too.

What do you think? Did the snake sustain an injury, or could it been born with something that resulted in it eventually becoming blind? I've happened to just notice it one day. She wasn't brought like this. Initially I thought it was normal, but it's still here.

She was purchased as a sub-adult, and I've owned her for a few years now.

She's a Black Rat Snake.
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Old 08-17-2020, 06:38 PM   #2
Zincubus
I can only see one eyecap in the photo of the shed


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Old 08-17-2020, 06:44 PM   #3
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I can only see one eyecap in the photo of the shed


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Which one? I'll try sending another.
 
Old 08-17-2020, 07:20 PM   #4
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Which one? I'll try sending another.


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Old 08-17-2020, 08:03 PM   #5
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A bit of a random inquiry, but... is there any way of tell either way? I'd hate to rub at her eye if it's in fact an injury as the method of telling...
 
Old 08-17-2020, 09:17 PM   #6
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A bit of a random inquiry, but... is there any way of tell either way? I'd hate to rub at her eye if it's in fact an injury as the method of telling...


Iím no expert but if youíre unsure itís simple enough to soak the snake for 25 minutes in a container with a lid ( water at about 87F ) - air holes in the lid .
Also keep your eyes on it so it doesnít escape . They panic for about 5 seconds then settle down .

Then wrap it up in a very damp , rough textured towel and let it wriggle around .

Apply very , very gentle pressure to the head region and any retained eyecaps will normally come off on the towel .




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Old 08-17-2020, 09:40 PM   #7
AbsoluteApril
the eye caps are in the shed
snake does not appear to have a retained eye cap

Has it always been like that with the blue hue?
Looks like when an animal gets cataracts
 
Old 08-17-2020, 09:46 PM   #8
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the eye caps are in the shed
snake does not appear to have a retained eye cap

Has it always been like that with the blue hue?
Looks like when an animal gets cataracts
Nope, it hasn't. I did a Google search and compared her to snakes with cataracts, and her eye does indeed look like theirs. How concern should I be? I've never heard about cataracts in reptiles until now.
 
Old 08-17-2020, 10:35 PM   #9
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the eye caps are in the shed
snake does not appear to have a retained eye cap

Has it always been like that with the blue hue?
Looks like when an animal gets cataracts


Just wondering if they may be the top pair but thereís an old pair still underneath ?


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Old 08-17-2020, 11:30 PM   #10
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See if the pupil reacts to a strong light source. It may be blind.
 

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