Our young (1 yr) ball python has a fuzzy mouse stuck in it's throat from when we fed him 2 hrs. ago. What should we do?
Is the snake having any problems breathing?
Is he repeatedly opening and closing his mouth?
Does he seem panicked at all?
He does not seem to have any problems breathing. Yes, he is repeatedly opening and closing his mouth, and there is saliva coming out. He is more active than is typical after a feeding, but not panicked.
I have seen snakes take prey down the wrong way and they will work on turning the prey. It can take hours for a snake to do this. I suspect that the opening and closing the mouth is just him trying to move the fuzzy. At this point you can not go in after it. We will have to wait and see if the snake can either get the fuzzy down, and if he cannot he will most likely reguritate the fuzzy. If he seems to have problems breathing, then an ER Vet visit will be needed as they can help. If he does not get it down and is still trying in the AM, then a Herp Vet visit will be needed to help get the fuzzy out.
If you do not have a Herp Vet I can locate one for you with a State. Right now our hands are tied. Most snakes are very resourceful and this should resolve itself. Joan
I have been doing Reptile Rescues for 15+ Years