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What is this disease ?
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Several months after the birth of a litter four of them started to move badly. In rest we would find them just like the other animals high in the terrarium. There were no deviations visibility or noticeable. However,  during movement they moved themselves with the first (1/3) part of their body slightly slanted (with the head under an angle of approximately 30 degrees).

After several months we decided to put three out of four animals to sleep because they did not accept sufficient food. The last one however accepted all food offered. She did eat rats of semi-adult size without any difficulty. With much fanaticism she would strike but miss. Clearly she misses the coordination in her movements. Sometimes so much that she will go on her back thru the terrarium out of pure agitation (see photograph).  Apart from her problems in movement  her tail shows deviations; coalescences and bulges (see photograph).

Marja Kik (the veterinary surgeon we consult on all our animals) thought of a possible virus contagion. That made us decide to put this snake into quarantine for a period of three months. Personally we thought a shortage of vitamin B (complex) might have caused the problems. The reaction of Marja Kik  was that this could be a possibility although less obvious. During the period of quarantine the snake was treated with; Vitamin B-complex. Once by injection and during the next three months every month one capsule.
Euthanasia is a solution but not mine. She eats well and I have enough room to keep her. Naturally she does not participate in our breeding program and will not be sold.