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Old 09-13-2018, 01:13 PM   #1
Is my western hognose sick?

Hi everyone,
I purchased a baby western hognose back in June, and he arrived healthy. Since then heís been the perfect little snake. He eats regularly and is pretty active in his enclosure. I feed him a pinky mouse once every 6-7 days with normally no problems (i say normally no problems because he will refuse to eat one day and then will easily eat the next). Iíve read that they should eat every 5-7 days, but 5 days in between feedings seems too soon for him because he will refuse to eat until 6-7 days pass. Anyway, over the past few days Iíve noticed it seems as though he has lost a little weight and I just want to know if itís because Iím not feeding him as often as I should or if he may be sick. Up until a few days ago he has had a nice rounded body, but now he has two little ridges that stand up on his back. They are only near his ďneckĒ and donít go all the way down, and I am wondering if this is due to weight loss or dehydration. Since he is eating regularly and on his own schedule I am wondering if he might be sick. I will be taking him to a vet soon but want to hear other opinions. I canít get to a vet until this hurricane passes .
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:27 AM   #2
I did more research and it seems to likely be dehydration. He always has a fresh supply of water and a clean bowl to drink out of. If anyone has tips on getting a snake to drink water let me know.
Old 09-14-2018, 12:41 AM   #3
How big is his cage and what are his temps? Small babies placed in really big cages possibly may not come across the water as easily as being in a smaller cage.

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