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Old 06-27-2018, 03:31 AM   #1
Snake with substrate sticking to vent ??

Hi, Iím new to this forum but I had a question Iíd try and pose.

I have a blizzard cornsnake, I sure how old she is as she was a rescue from an odd situation. Last week she had an incident where she got stuck in a climbing log and ended up with a bit of a prolapsed rectum as well as some other things (including an infertile egg that needed removing, which side note is that normal for a cornsnake that isnít being and hasnít been bred to lay eggs?). And long story short sheís now getting antibiotic shots to help her out.

So my question is because sheís had this tendency to get these prolapsed, she always ends up with some of her substrate stuck on her vent area. I have her on coconut fiber, eco earth, and it seems to just always stick there. When I handle her I try my best to wipe some off gently, but Iím wondering if that could potentially cause any problems/If I should move her onto something like paper towels for the time being so that canít happen?

Old 06-27-2018, 09:45 AM   #2
I am surprised that your vet did not recommend putting her on paper towels or newspaper until this clears up. Typically a critter on antibiotics is kept in a minimalist setup - paper substrate, water bowl, warm hide & cool hide - with nothing else in the enclosure.

Hopefully the climbing log has also been removed so there are no more incidents with it.
Old 06-27-2018, 06:21 PM   #3
Animals with a history of prolapse should not be kept on loose substrate.
Old 06-27-2018, 07:39 PM   #4
I'd think newspaper would be the best way to start - less likely to stick than paper towels. My boas have been on newspaper all their lives with no problems. I use a layer of 4 sheets thickness. If you find newspaper unlovely to look at, top with a layer of unprinted newsprint (butchers' paper)

Hope it helps!
Old 06-28-2018, 07:55 AM   #5
Yes, like Helen I keep most of my animals on paper substrate, paper towel for neonates, newspaper for juveniles and single-ply cage liners for adults. The only animals I keep on loose substrate are burrowing species.

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