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Snake behavior problems

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Introduction

  • Most behavioral problems are associated with stressors secondary to inappropriate captive management Snake husbandry.
  • Photographs of the snake’s enclosure at home can provide invaluable information to the veterinarian when addressing such issues.
  • A thorough discussion of husbandry practices should be done prior to physical examination.
  • Acclimatization of wild-caught snakes to a captive enviroment can be particularly difficult.
  • Extreme fight or flight responses to perceived threats may diminish with time.

Escape behavior

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Anorexia

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Regurgitation

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Egg retention

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Ingestive behavior

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Aggression

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Cheek R & Crane M (2017) Snakes. In: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician. 3rd edn. Eds: Ballard B & Cheek R. Wiley-Blalckwell. pp 137-181.
  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Raiti P (2010) Snakes. In: Behavior of Exotic Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 29-30.
Reproduced with permission from Bonnie Ballard & Ryan Cheek: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician © 2017, and Valerie V Tynes: Behavior of Exotic Pets © 2010, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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