What is this disease ?
If you got any idea, please let us know !
|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.