This story actually begins yesterday. I was doing my usual chores, checking on all my animals. Got to my male hognose, Dratini, and noticed he wasn’t acting himself. He’d been on a bit of a hunger strike through breeding season, but up until then had been fine. Took him out, did a once over, only to find a very prominent lump in his abdomen that hadn’t been there before.
Okay, first thoughts are impaction or, heaven forbid, Crypto. Did a soak, babied him a bit, but he started getting pretty lethargic later that night so I decided it’d be a vet visit today (my herp vet has daily emergency appointments). I was not expecting what happened.
Turns out my sweet boy, barely over a year old, had renal adenocarcinoma. Seeing as he was in active kidney failure and very unwell internally, I made the heartbreaking decision to help him pass. RIP little Dratini.
My first year as a breeder has just been a continuous rollercoaster of things. Here’s one of the final pictures I took of my little guy.