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Plume update!

Posted by blind at 1/8/2020 1:41:38 PM

For a while now, Plume (adult Okeetee cornsnake) had a swelling in his tail. I thought he had a hemipenes infection. After a visit to the vet, where they found bacteria in the hemipenes pockets, I got antibiotics to inject and saline solution to flush the pockets with. So I did this for a while, but not much changed, other than inflammation going down. Not much came out during the flushes as well.

Well last night, it was different. We got a follow up at the vet, and he had a longer tube to make the flushes. And a better technique to make stuff come out. What we thought was a hemipenes infection turned out to be impacted scent glands. And the vet was able to make musk come out. It was brown and solid, and it was crazy the amount that was stuck there. No wonder Plume was uncomfortable!

Now, I'm sure there's still musk stuck in there, but after expelling so much stuff, his cloaca had inflammation, so I'll wait a few days to make the flushes again. Maybe the rest will come out. If not, I'll see the vet again.

I'm just really happy that we found the problem. Right now Plume is in shed and sulking, but he'll come around.

Anyone had the same problem?

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 1/8/2020 7:32:26 PM  

Not with snakes but personally yes LOL

Posted At: 2/6/2020 6:47:14 PM  

So tonight I pressed on his tail again and more musk came out. It had the texture of thick toothpaste, and smelled horrible. Plume did not enjoy it. I'll leave him alone for a couple days. He's still on antibiotics but there's only a couple shots left. Also, with the way the vet and I pressed on his tail, it injured his scales. Now he has a scab, it's healing slowly. I put antibiotic ointment on it, if it can help.

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