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Q: Female corn needs to lose weight!
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Sushi

Hello! I accepted two corn snakes who were being more or less ignored. They are both adults, turning 7 this summer. I got them on 3/12/18. So here’s the deal, their enclosures smelled bad so I had to take them out to clean them before everyone in a ten mile radius kicked the bucket, so why not get their weights! The male weighed at 576 grams which is alright with me and he looks decent (loaf of bread, no fatty deposits). The female though weighed at 735 which shocked me! Then I looked at her and she is rather rotund with a huge fatty deposit by her vent! It was not apparent in pictures and when I picked them up I gave them a quick once over and got out of there. I did notice the deposit but I thought it was possibly just a waiting bowl movement... anyway. For feeding history, they had been getting small rats (I know not good!) every 3 weeks EXCEPT when the male did his spring strike without fail all spring every year they would give her his food and they said they’re pretty sure she’s never refused any food!! So what I’m getting at is yes she needs a diet and exercise but I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts about what her diet or exercise should be!?
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Topics: General Health , Feeding , Digestive
Tags: Cornsnake
Species: Other Colubrids > Other Colubrids > Elaphe guttata guttata
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Author Comment 3/15/2018 12:10:30 AM

Sushi
Oh and they were quite nervous for me to try to get their lengths but she’s approximately just under 4 feet, maybe 3’8-10
 
Member Comment 3/15/2018 12:29:59 AM

Doomtrooper

looks almost egg bound

 
Member Comment 3/15/2018 9:04:44 AM

Cenobite

Were they housed in the same enclosure?

And small rats! Oh hell no.

 
Member Comment 3/16/2018 12:26:48 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles
Same questions and concerns as above. Can you also post an overhead, full body photo?
 
Member Comment 3/21/2018 12:05:12 AM

Ratman

Could be many things but never seen anything quite like it. If you have a good herp vet nearby may be worth a visit! Meanwhile I think you should start her off with a warm swim, rehydration and exercise at the same time. If shes egg bound or impacted the vet will tell you straight off after an xray/ultrasound. "Their enclosures" implies they were housed separatley (altough unclean so maybe a parasitic infection?). Lets hope its just poop and that will need a look at too! Give an update when you can, far too many people dont and its always good to know one way or another. Fingers crossed..

 
Member Comment 3/21/2018 12:11:16 AM

Ratman

Sounds like you dont need to worry about feeding for a while, when you do start small (young mice or rat pups). Then nothing ever wider than her midpoint. Its possible she was getting two small rats at a time while her boyfriend was thinking about more important things..

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