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Old 08-27-2005, 10:46 PM   #1
Exclamation Birth Defect?

My son just got a new ball python. I went with him to pick one up, and the one that he insisted on, had a bump in the tail. I really didn't think much about it, but someone mentioned to me the other day, that they had one that had such a "defect", and it died from it. Anyone hear anything about this? Or should I give him "up front....bad news"? Thanks
Old 08-28-2005, 01:42 PM   #2
Do you have pictures we can see? Will help better understand the defect. If it is life threatening then you may want to return it for a refund or another one.
Old 08-28-2005, 02:38 PM   #3
it also can be a wound from an old rodent bite. but could be something along the lines of it breaking a bone along the line of its life and healed that way. but keep close check of it. if you see the snake having trouble because of it go to a vet or get a refund form the breeder/store where you got it from. by the way i saw 2 adult BP's with bumps on them and scars and that where so skinny i could get 2 of my fingers around them in the O shape. and they where adults!!. so i got them from the guy and now there doing fine. alittle fiesty lol i get bit every time i handle or feed. but small price to pay for helping and saving there life. there twice as fat as they where when i got them and twice as mean. well good luck with yours.
Old 08-28-2005, 06:30 PM   #4
It is not a skin bump, but skeletal. In a picture, no one would be able to see it. I am hoping it to be a fracture from a while ago, that would at least help me not worry, somewhat. He has no scarring, so it is probably not a bite. Thanks for replying guys.
Old 08-28-2005, 09:11 PM   #5
Does it bother him when you push on it? If not, I would expect that it is nothing but you should probably have a reptile vet check him just in case. I have a Brazilian Rainbow Boa with a bump right near the end of his tail and it is nothing. Some sort of minor trauma that happened at some point or he was born with it.
Old 08-28-2005, 09:49 PM   #6
Originally Posted by jglass38
Does it bother him when you push on it?
Nope!! If it doesn't bother him, then it shouldn't bother me. Right?
Old 09-02-2005, 07:01 AM   #7

i thnik it is safe and nothing will happen to your child
rest assured let him enjoy his new pet

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