I today found to my great dismay that my eldest Ball Python “Lilly” who is 11 years old, had a lump in her throat.
She ate very well last week and I check on all my Ball Pythons daily, yesterday she was fine.
I checked her mouth and besides it being swollen, couldn’t see anything.
When I grabbed her behind the neck, sorry for this being a bit gross, a little whole opened up and some brown stuff started coming out.
I know everyone is gonna say, take her to a vet, and I have contacted the only vet that deals with snakes in my area and he said he can only see her on Monday.
For me that is way too long to wait for Lilly, she is part of my family. To add, she did lay a 7 slug clutch in October, but there were no ill effects afterward.
So my questions are as follows:
- What is this?
- What caused it?
- What can I do to save my Ball Python?
The pictures attached are not great, as you can imagine she is very aggresive at the moment and gasping for air, so I am trying to keep her as calm as possible.
I placed her in a lukewarm bath tub, with some disinfectant for the little whole to get cleaned out.
I have never had any health issues with my Ball Pythons before, so I have to admit that I am at a loss.
Please assist me Morph Market community.