The problem is I cannot find a good reptile vet where I live, which is eastern Ft. Lauderdale.
The problem is how to get his mouth open to even culture him. I'm going to hold his mouth underwater for a few seconds and see if he drinks. If not, he's dead shortly anyway.
About the U.V., you are a doctor and a learned man, so I say this respectfully, XXXXX XXXXX the big breeders or collectors use U.V. light on snakes. Lizards, yes. Turtles, Yes. I myself and all the breeders out there have successfully kept snakes for DECADES without U.V., and they spend most of their lives in drawers with hardly any ambient light as well. I myself keep my snakes in ExoTerra display cages, but use belly heat.
Can you direct me to some credible research results that back up your statement?
I will give you an excellent, although I disagree with your statement..
I wanted to give you some Reptile Vets that you could take your Snake to see. I live in Fl. and know some of the Vets listed, If you do not mind traveling, I can find you some others, but these are the closest to Ft Lauderdale:
Paula EngleWiles Road Animal Hospital8008 Wiles RdCoral Spgs 33067305-752-1879 Amanda Grant and Susan Kelleher *****Recommended by keepersBroward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital1730 N University AveCoral Springs 33071954-968-7171 XXXXX XXXXX5700 SW 130th AveFt Lauderdale 33330
You may have to travel a little but well worth having the snake seen.
I will contact one of them now.
Can I ask you how you saw this? Another vet responded before you, and I thought the question was closed? Can multiple experts answer the same question, or did the first one open it up again?
I don't mind at all, just curious. I'll give you an excellent.
The question was not closed and multiple Experts can answer if the question is not closed or you can always relist for further opinions.
I am a Reptile Expert here on the site and I did not see the post until the other Expert had responded. I live in Fl and know many of the Reptile Vets through Reptile Rescue work that I do. I tried to find the closest Reptile Vets to your vicinity.
I want to make a suggestion for first aid. Please take some Diluted Betadine and water to tea color and gently wipe the edges of your snakes mouth with a soft cloth. If this is Stomatitis, it would be a first step in the treatment along with seeing the Vet for antibiotics. To make sure the snake stays hydrated you can supprt the snake in a 50/50 warm water and Pedialyte soak. This will help with hydration since Reptiles do absorb fluids through the vent area. Please let me know if you need further help. I will be happy to assist you any way possible. I also concur that I do not believe this is a UVB issue creating MBD, This sounds more like an infection like stomatitis. My goal is to give you 100% Excellent service. Joan