I am so sorry for your loss, the sudden ones are always hard. From the photos and your description, sounds like congestive heart failure was involved, maybe myocarditis or pericarditis.
If she was young, I would definitely have the vet check for any congenital defects on the necropsy. If they find any, you may want to pass that information on to whoever you purchased her from, as it could be genetic/inherited.
I got her from a pretty big hognose breeder, she’s an October 2019 animal so still fairly young. This would have been her first year being paired for breeding. I’ll definitely have to let the breeder know if I happen to find out anything about her condition.
If it turns out to be something that could have been genetic, then maybe it’s just as well you didn’t get a clutch from her. Doesn’t make the loss hurt any less, but at least you know you didn’t produce and sell babies that could have had similar issues.
I wonder if it’s something that’s fairly common in hognoses or morph related. I was on Reddit probably 6 months ago and someone had a similar looking snake around the same age that showed the same symptoms.
The part that sticks out in my head was they attached a video of him at the vet being an absolute adorable little sweetheart with the stranger doing what I believe was an echocardiogram on him. Just looking around calmly and inquisitively. Flicking his tongue looking completely happy and unbothered.
If I recall correctly he was diagnosed with heart issues and fluid buildup in the sac around the heart. He unfortunately passed a few days later.
Brought tears to my eyes then and again now.
Just hope it’s nothing you or anyone else I know has to go through.
I did attempt shining a flashlight through the area before she had passed, and it shone right through. Normally I would expect it to be dark because of her organs, but it wasn’t dark at all.
I wonder if it was some sort of fluid buildup, that would explain why it happened overnight and why I didn’t see any “pulsing” like I’d expect from an enlarged heart.
I haven’t! I need to call them (again, I already called once in late April) and ask what the heck is going on. They gave me her ashes/urn but no results on the necropsy despite it being almost 6 months
I don’t suggest this. I used to work for a veterinarian and the moment you threaten to sue, they will likely freeze you out because it is then a risk to their business to continue dealing with you. Even more likely if they’re owned by one of the big clinic companies. Ask for a refund, ask for records, report them to the state veterinary board, but save the legal threats until absolutely necessary, especially if you may need their services in the future.