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Q: Tail is not growing.....Idk if he's constipated? Idk if this is serious? I just really wanna know if this is normal????
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I have an 8 month old Royal Ball python and I've had him for a couple months.He is a very very calm snake and enjoys being held.Im also a first time ball python owner and I'm still learning about them.His subrstate has great humidity is between 55-60% and the temperature in his hot spot is around 88 degrees farenheit and his ambient temperature is around 78 farenheit.I feed him live mice in a feeder tank every Friday night and he doesn't like frozen mice.He will refuse to eat them.But anyways over a period of time of having him he started having something pink comin out of his tail.I researched online to figure out what it was and it said it could be a prolapsed hemipene and it made since.I took him to the vet and they said just soak him in water twice daily for a week.My vet honestly isn't a very nice person and it's my first time seeing a herp vet and I didn't have a good experience.He really didn't give me a lot of information on why my pythons But was like that and told me to soak him in warm water.I went home I soaked him and it went away.A couple weeks later it came back and since then it slightly slides out after he poops.My question is is am I feeding him to big of mice? The mice aren't really that big there the size of the width of his stomach.But I don't know if that's the reason.Or could it be because he's constipated? I don't know? I just want him better.ive tried warm water and sugar and it's worked once but tried a couple more times and nothing worked.I really just want him healthy and I don't want him in pain.please somebody help me figure this out.

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Topics: General Health , Prolapse
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Member Comment 4/19/2017 8:20:58 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Thanks for all the info - that helps us get a nice picture in our heads of the set up. Can you upload a couple pics for us of his vent area and tail?

Author Comment 4/19/2017 9:22:36 PM

Where do I go to upload a picture for you guys? Haha I'm new
Member Comment 4/19/2017 10:17:19 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

In the tool bar of the response area, there's a tree symbol. You can copy/paste an image url there. 

Author Comment 4/20/2017 12:04:28 AM

Okay I can't find the tree? lol I'm on my iPhone but I put it as my avatar so you can look at it
Member Comment 4/20/2017 7:38:59 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles

Bringing the picture here for people to see:


Author Comment 4/20/2017 3:40:33 PM

Okay sweet! Does anybody have any remedies to where it could go back in or just anything! I constantly keep it moist which I don't have a problem with because I love him to death.Any tips would be awesome!
Member Comment 4/21/2017 6:50:37 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

It's a partial prolapse, and other than the sugar water I don't know if there's anything else you can do personally if it doesn't go back in on its own. It's possible he will need a stitch or two at the vent to keep it from happening - and for that, you will need a vet - and sounds like a different one than the one you saw before. 

Member Comment 5/2/2017 2:53:34 PM


I use a sugar water paste instead of soaking.  I use water that has a temp of mid 70s, mixing it with sugar to make a paste .  Then keep him on moist paper towel so it doesn't dry out.  I would also skip feeding until it's back to normal.  If it doesn't, as said you will probably need to get it stitched.

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