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Joan, Veterinary Technician
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Our Ball Python has something red sticking out from his anus,

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Our Ball Python has something red sticking out from his anus, what is it?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 7 years ago.


What you are describing is a prolapse. This needs to be addressed by a Vet, but in the mean time we can do some serious first aid to help her. I would like you to take some table sugar and moisten it into a paste, Place it on a moist paper towel that has been wet with cool water. Apply the paste to the area of the Vent where the prolapse is. This may be a rectal prolapse or a Hemipenile Prolapse. The Vet will be able to suture the prolapse back in place. I can help locate a Herp Vet with a city and state. This will need to be done asap. Joan

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Pulaski Virginia , can you please look up a vet in our area..thanks
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Can you look for someone in or near Pulaski Virginia?
Expert:  Joan replied 7 years ago.


This is a listing for Herp Vets in VA: I do not know the area, but yoi may have to travel a bit, but well worth having a specialist treat your snake. Joan

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

What causes this? Is there anything we can do to prevent it from happening again?

Expert:  Joan replied 7 years ago.


It can come with digestion problems for improper temps. This happens from straining from trying to deficate. It is a common problem in reptiles. Joan

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ok, thanks so much for all your help!
Expert:  Joan replied 7 years ago.


Hope all goes well! Happy Holidays! The sugar paste should help until you can get him/her into the Vet. You can also use a bit of lubricating jelly to keep it moistened. Joan