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Old 11-05-2015, 01:15 AM   #1
Advice for eye injury... loss of cap?

Going to try and make a long story short...

About 4-5 days ago I found an injured young Hognose having a very bad shed on my property in FL. One eye had retained cap/caps, and the other appeared completely scarred over, and there was dry shed stuck all along it's body. After a good soak and a night in a humid enclosure the skin shed. The skin on the nose/head and at the eyes took more work. I continued to moisturize with a cotton swab and glycerin water mixture for the day, and it came away in the night revealing that what I thought was scar was a huge scab, with a hugely swollen and by all appearances capless eye underneath. It came away with an eye cap on the outside. One cap came away from the other side bit it remained a bit cloudy like there was still another there.

Last night the little fellow completed a second full shed perfectly. The good eye is now completely clear and lovely, a cap came away with the shed on that side. The other eye is less inflamed, the scab part came away with the shed, but there was a hole where there should have been a cap.

There was a bite mark under the chin of the little fellow when I initially found it. I imagine that it where the eye damage came from. I offered a small green frog a few days ago, but no interest. I've been searching for a small toad since this fellow is wild... but have not yet found one of suitable size. I may be able to scrabble up some Cuban Anole eggs tomorrow, and will snag a small lizard as well to try those.
These wilds aren't exactly easy from what I understand if you don't have a good supply of appropriately sized toads. I really just want to rehab and release so long term isn't an issue.

Any suggestions on A.) if this eye is a loss, B.) what can I do to speed recovery if it's possible, and C.) how long should I expect to keep him/her... even though I'm in central florida cooler weather is coming and I'm not sure about releasing in the winter if it's going to take a couple of months.

I really appreciate any help you can give.
I have kept a Ball before... but never dealt with an issue like this.
Old 11-21-2015, 04:01 PM   #2
Honestly I would still try to get it to a vet, I would also check your local laws about taking in wildlife even if it is just to keep it long enough to heal, can still be illegal. May want to contact your DNR and they may be able to help you find someone who can rehabilitate the little fella and release him

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