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    Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    2 weeks ago I was in the laundry room when I spotted a young(1st year) radix on the floor. This snake was very skinny and dehydrated. Just another wild radix that made its way into the basement.
    First and foremost was getting this snake hydrated. I placed her in a small round container with some water, making sure there wasn't too much water as she was weak. This was a precaution to avoid her drowning. It was late in the night so I gave her an overnight stay in the water.
    By morning she looked much more full. That dried out look was gone. She was then place in a nice warm quarantine enclosure and given a daily soaking for the first week. She refused any food during this first week even though it was offered every day.
    The second week was a different story on eating, she became very aggressive off the hemostats.
    I wish I had taken a before photo because she has filled out rather nicely. Eating, drinking, moving, tongue flicking, curiosity and pooping all appear normal. I think she will make a full recovery.
    She's a lucky one.

    I should also say that this isn't always the outcome for these snakes. I believe if caught too late organ shutdown occurs and even our best effort won't bring them back.
    Last edited by guidofatherof5; 01-06-2013 at 11:09 AM.
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Nice job Steve Is it common to find snakes "out and about" this time of year up there?
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    A few every Winter show up.
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Lucky she found the right spot to be found!
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Nice one,Steve. I think you should name her Lucky 2.0 ;]
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Great save! You plan on keeping this little one?
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Quote Originally Posted by thamneil View Post
    Great save! You plan on keeping this little one?
    She'll be here until Spring. Then I'll boot her out the back door. Maybe.
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Steve, apparently you're the Wizard of Oz for radixes lol. They have to journey to your house to get what they most desire! Lol
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg'sGarters View Post
    Steve, apparently you're the Wizard of Oz for radixes lol. They have to journey to your house to get what they most desire! Lol
    Just glad I could help.
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    Re: Re-hydrating the Dehydrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Selkielass View Post
    Lucky she found the right spot to be found!
    Didn't you know that the local radix all have directions to Steve's house??

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