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    Thamnophis inspectus Zephyr's Avatar
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    Bloood in enclosure...

    I peeked into my garter enclosure this morning and saw dried blood all over the back of the enclosure. I checked on every snake, each was there, and there were absolutely no signs of physical damage. What happened?!

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    "First shed, A Success" mycolorfulheart's Avatar
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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    Maybe it discharged out of one of their vents?

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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    are you sure it was blood and not fecal matter?
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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    How many blood are you talking about?
    Maybe itīs caused by an accident of mating that occurs sometimes.
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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    If it was discharged, why?
    And it's not feces for sure. It's definitely red.
    It seems like there's a lot of it.
    Also, this happened once a few weeks ago right after feeding time, but with less blood.

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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    maybe it's being discharged in the fecal matter? parasites...?

    I dunno bout this one, never had it happen so i can't really say.
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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr View Post
    I peeked into my garter enclosure this morning and saw dried blood all over the back of the enclosure. I checked on every snake, each was there, and there were absolutely no signs of physical damage. What happened?!
    Are there any slugs buried in the substrate?
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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr View Post
    If it was discharged, why?
    And it's not feces for sure. It's definitely red.
    It seems like there's a lot of it.
    Also, this happened once a few weeks ago right after feeding time, but with less blood.
    You're not feeding it trout or salmon by any chance? The fish farms feed them a carotenoid called astaxanthin (Astaxanthin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) to give their meat a nicer colour. I've noticed that the stuff turns snake feces red (reddish). I thought it was blood at first, but it didn't turn brown the way blood does when it dries.

    edit: This is what it looks like, 5 days after they were fed farmed rainbow trout. Should be about 2-3 days old.



    Blood would be rusty brown at this point.

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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    IUAQKFBEIFBWEIUFUBWI EORUSGBSOURh wi4uofh wO UH?!!!!! ARE U SERIOUS? that looks exactly like what mine do and i feed them salmon i was freaking out cuz all 6 of them were doing it, thanks stefan
    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan-A View Post
    You're not feeding it trout or salmon by any chance? The fish farms feed them a carotenoid called astaxanthin (Astaxanthin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) to give their meat a nicer colour. I've noticed that the stuff turns snake feces red (reddish). I thought it was blood at first, but it didn't turn brown the way blood does when it dries.

    edit: This is what it looks like, 5 days after they were fed farmed rainbow trout. Should be about 2-3 days old.



    Blood would be rusty brown at this point.
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    Re: Bloood in enclosure...

    wow i think i'd have had a heart attack if i'd seen that all over my vivs.

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