So a 2021 female I had died overnight out of nowhere. Her last meal was in December. She was paired up with a male once in January and about 2 weeks ago. Its not husbandry. All snakes are kept in rack systems. Her hot spot is fine.
Any ideas what could of happened?
Is there any chance the male I paired to her could be vulnerable now too?
Bowl wrapping usually means discomfort with the snake… If the temps were too high/the snake was too warm and didn’t have a place to cool down (a cool side) then she could have been trying to cool down by wrapping around the water dish where the water would be colder. Just an idea.
I’d suggest having things done sooner, if possible. Necropsies are pretty time sensitive, the longer the period between death and the exam, the more likely there is to be decomp that affects the ability to get results. Also if no one has mentioned it yet, do not freeze the remains unless absolutely necessary as it can affect quality & results.
Not to say that it wouldn’t also be a possibility of uncomfortableness…
Just as an FYI, bowl wrapping is commonly seen in females when they’re building follicles for breeding as well. But this is still something that you definitely need to be aware of the exact temps in the habitat and all as well. =)
This is definitely more time sensitive. As @noodlehaus mentioned, the body should not be frozen only refrigerated. The longer you wait the more decomp will definitely cause issues with the findings.