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    Thamnophis inspectus Zephyr's Avatar
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    HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    We were having our lawn power-raked today and somebody shouted "SNAKE!!!" Seeing as I'm not missing any at the moment, I was sort of confused but went outside anyways.
    Well, somehow one of the snakes that got out of the enclosure my dad weed-wacked open two years ago is STILL ALIVE!!!
    Her tail got nicked by the mower though. The bottom half of her body is limp but she's certainly fighting; she struck at me multiple times.

    What do I do?! Is she gonna be okay? There's no other sign of injury other than the tiny nick on her tail, but I'm worried about the bottom half of her body. Is it just shock? Her cloaca looks a little dry and crusty too, so she's in a water bath.
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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    I think she's okay, garters are tough. perhaps neosporin would help with her tail? as for the cloaca, maybe thats a sign that she has been bred recently, it could be that plug males make to keep other males from breeding with her. I'm no expert, but thats what I would guess if it were my situation. I'd keep a close eye on her too. idk maybe the limpness is a sign that she is gravid as well.

    good luck!

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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    is the bottom half completely limp? Sometimes a traumatic injury coupled with the stress of the incident can cause swelling in the spine which can make part of their body limp. If that is what happened, and the injury is not too serious the swelling can retreat and she will eventually regain movement in a few hours to a day. If it's any longer than that, she may be seriously wounded, too far from repair
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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    Quote Originally Posted by aSnakeLovinBabe View Post
    is the bottom half completely limp? Sometimes a traumatic injury coupled with the stress of the incident can cause swelling in the spine which can make part of their body limp. If that is what happened, and the injury is not too serious the swelling can retreat and she will eventually regain movement in a few hours to a day. If it's any longer than that, she may be seriously wounded, too far from repair
    Alright, it looks like the first one.
    I just handled her again and her bottom half is wrapping about my hand, so it looks like it's just the swelling thankfully!
    I'll double check her vent in a bit.
    Thank God it wasn't something more serious...
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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    congrats on getting her back
    after all this time too
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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    wow.... after so long and still around. Hope that she is fine.

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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    Glad to hear the limpness is already improving, Kyle.
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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    My only questions are...
    1. Where did she brumate?
    2. Could there be more garter roaming around?
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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    wow that's neat!!! glad you found her!
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    Re: HELP!!! Garter nicked by mower!

    I'd say keep an eye on those areas where she was found, there has to be a male close by.

    Conclusion: She has been sticking close by to where you found her, she obviously has been with another male if she is Gravid, so you have more Garters in the near vicinity. Check under all those rocks mate... you know how it goes

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