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    Re: Eating Problem: My Garter's off her feed

    Quote Originally Posted by guidofatherof5 View Post
    My guess would be a tumor. Might also be a swelling around the heart although I think it's to low for that. In any event, a Vet should be able to make the call. Best of luck please keep us posted on this situation. Good looking radix by the way.
    thanks, she's pretty old for a garter as best i can tell as well, I'm hoping she's jsut backed up

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    Re: Eating Problem: My Garter's off her feed

    Back from the vet, and the exam was inconclusive. the Vet said it felt almost like gas. an xray won't show anything unless there is a mass.
    so the options were x-ray, Xray with barium, and blood work, or both.

    i opted for bringing her home and trying to feed her first. i got some smaller mice to try, and some reptile vitamins the vet reccomended.

    i dusted one, and she was having none of it.

    i gave her one without the vitamin, but she didnt seem interested either. Perhaps its because shes been eating rat fuzzies that she's off mice?

    i did notice she started contoring herself around where she's buleged out and yawning, like she was tring to bring something back up. Given its been a month i doubt she would be regurgitating anything but it does suggest shes blocked up somehow.

    so i guess another vet visit.

    this "free" snake is starting to cost money lol
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    Re: Eating Problem: My Garter's off her feed

    She didn't make it sadly.

    I'm going to see what a basic necropsy would cost, At the end, teh bulge got very swollen and i started to think they may have had some internal trauma and had been bleeding internally. From what, i have no idea. I don't want to spend on blood work, but im hoping the vet can tell me if it was an infection or something else.

    After my experience with her, i definitely would like another. I am looking for information to find specific areas closest to me that i can find another radix, because the colouring is so striking.

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    Re: Eating Problem: My Garter's off her feed

    Sorry to hear of her passing.
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    Sorry to hear about that. I hope you get another!!

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    Re: Eating Problem: My Garter's off her feed

    thanks for the kind words. I never intended to keep reptiles in my but my experience with this one has got me researching areas closest to me to find garters, since there aren't any breeders around i can find.

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