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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    You could put it in the freezer, it would go into brumation state (hibernation) then die painlessly
    Quote Originally Posted by stupie2 View Post
    Right, ok.

    Thank you very, very much for the suggestions, but I can't even squash a bug. How do I go about putting a snake out of its misery?

    I think I might not have to. He hasn't moved since last night. I'm going to wait until it warms up a bit and see if he perks up, but I think he might be gone.

    Thanks again, I'll let you know.

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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    I agree with everyone....not much can be done at this point except put it out of its misery. It can be hard because people like to save everything, but sometimes it's better to put it down.

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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    Thank you very much for the help. I think he might already have died last night, but I didn't know how to tell for sure. He was definitely gone today...

    I don't have any plans for keeping snakes as pets. While I'm not squirmy around snakes, I find that there's too much care involved for my taste. I much prefer mammals.

    Thank you again for all the help, and good luck to all of you and your snakes. I'll pop back on if I come across any more needy reptiles.

    I wish I'd known enough to end it quickly for the little guy. I actually thought that a snake might survive with a paralyzed end-half as long as it was protected from harm and had food. It's horrible to see an animal suffering. I feel for you, SLB. I'm a sucker for anything that's hurt, but I think that if I'd been a snake person and found this scene it would have killed me.


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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    Thanks for caring, Eden. Hope to see you around the forum sometimes.
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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    Quote Originally Posted by EdgyExoticReptiles View Post
    You could put it in the freezer, it would go into brumation state (hibernation) then die painlessly

    NO my friend Kyle known to you as Zephyr told me euthinizing a snake in a freezer is a slow and painful death.
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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    I vote for freezing. There is a lot of controversy about decapitation, and how long after the fact the organism is aware of its separation from the body...but if you don't care, then decapitation works too.

    Just wondering everyone...I use CO2 for mice...would this be appropriate for a snake as well?
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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    The official line in the UK is Benzocaine or MS222.
    A less official line is... chill the animal to a state of torpor to cause the brumation process to start. Then freeze.
    James.

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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    Quote Originally Posted by el lobo View Post
    I vote for freezing. There is a lot of controversy about decapitation, and how long after the fact the organism is aware of its separation from the body...but if you don't care, then decapitation works too.

    Just wondering everyone...I use CO2 for mice...would this be appropriate for a snake as well?
    I've always seen CO2 as the most "humane" way to euthanize.
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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    Just the other night There was a dekay lying in the road, entrails out.

    It was nearly impossible for me, but a swift heel from my work boot ensured that little animal was no longer in pain. It was instant and as painless as possible.

    FAST is my vote. Placing in the freezer would require moving this animal that is in excruciating pain, A large rock works also.

    It may seem barbaric, but faster is better an more humane, If necessary ask a friend, and mourn later.

    After delivering nearly 50 dekay babies and saving a runt that should have been still born, stomping on this snake was almost impossible.

    But it had to be done.

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    Re: Found a Garter with a Broken Back, Perhaps? Help...

    Quote Originally Posted by el lobo View Post
    Just wondering everyone...I use CO2 for mice...would this be appropriate for a snake as well?
    Unfortunately it works even worse on snakes, than on newborn mice.

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