So I just got around to checking the skinks for
today and I noticed that the female was on the
ground. This is not normal daytime behavior
for her, so I took a closer look and something
is definitely up.
She's laterally compressed with her spine arched
up (like an 'n', not like a 'u') and is holding
herself extremely still. Her posture looks like
she's straining, but I see no muscle movement
to indicate that she is.
When I picked her up to try giving her a soak
she was not aggressive, nor did she try to
escape me (not normal!), and her entire
body, abdomen included, are quite rigid.
She's soaking in the tub right now under
my close observation. If things don't
improve in the next few hours I think
I'll have to take her to the vet.
I'm afraid she might have an impaction
and be straining to defecate, but I've
never seen behavior like this, even
in impacted animals.
Has anyone else seen behavior like this before?
Ideas? Comments? Suggestions?
Ooop! She's moving around...
-Z
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body, abdomen included, are quite rigid.

er, *is* quite rigid.
So it's been several hours and there's no change.
I've got her in a hospital tank now at the top
of her temp range. She has access to water,
but not food. I may try to give her some
water and corn syrup with an eyedropper later.
I called the vet's office and it turns out that
the vet that handles exotics is not in today
and doesn't do emergency calls. So I can
wait until tomorrow or I can drive her
over an hour to an exotics specialist that
will do emergency work.
I have 2 concerns with option #2 (the emergency
vet): 1) The car is a stressful place for the
lizard. 2) Funds are limited. Money spent at
the emergency clinic will not go nearly as
far if something major, like surgery, is involved.

I have 1 concern with option #1 (waiting):
What if she dies tonight?
ARG! If I take her to the emergency vet I may
not be able to afford to save her and may make
her worse. If I wait, she may die and I'll
be devastated.
My fear is that she has an intestinal blockage,
which is the only thing I can think of that would
cause these symptoms, given her history and no
signs of trauma.
It is so much easier to be objective and offer
advice when there's no emotional investment
in the issue. Help me out here guys.
What are the possible causes, given:
proper temps, humidity and lighting
no outward signs of trauma
alert and responsive, but not aggressive as usual
not eating today (last offered food on the 5th)
don't know the last time she pooped (2 lizards in
the cage make it hard to tell)
clean fecal recently
no exposure to any new herps
proper diet, with vit and Ca supplementation every other feeding.
No aggression from her cagemate (she's the dominant one)
cypress mulch substrate and fake plants in cage
cagemate is male, but shouldn't be sexually
mature yet.
PTS are live-bearers.
What would you do?
-Z
What would you do? -Z

I would wait until tomorrow for the vet I know. Won't do you any good to make the longer trip if you can't afford the bill. Good luck!

Cindy
What are the possible causes, given: proper temps, humidity and lighting no outward signs of trauma alert and responsive, but ... cypress mulch substrate and fake plants in cage cagemate is male, but shouldn't be sexually mature yet. PTS are live-bearers.

Impaction, egg-binding, pinched nerve in her spine (she's acting just like I did when I broke my back!), stroke, extreme stress? Could she have fallen?
What would you do?

I'd wait until morning, based on knowing your exotics vet and not blowing your money on a stressful car-ride way out to someone you DON'T know who may or may not be able to provide the service you need.

Wait it out. Remember your email address.. DON'T PANIC!!!

hugs, Z, scary scenario. Send her my best comforting lizard-vibes and a head bob or two from Mr. Gimpy.
fr0glet
So it's been several hours and there's no change. I've got her in a hospital tank now at the top ... plants in cage cagemate is male, but shouldn't be sexually mature yet. PTS are live-bearers. What would you do? -Z

just one idea.. (im definitely NOT an expert..) but if your almost sure its impactation (I read u tried a bath) have you tried gentle stimulation of her nethers?? 1 it may help to feel if you are correct with impactation... and as long as its NOT a broken bone or anything it shouldn't cause her harm (apart from stress but I guess (having a back problem myself) the stress of pain in a back problem can also be alleviated with gentle massage...)

you got to wait till tomorrow anyway.. so why not try??

hope she makes it (pts = Purple Tongued Skink yes??) im still Very new to herping so id read responses to my suggestion b4 u try it.

(idea from guinneapigs who NEED stimulation to help em poo)

Mark
you got to wait till tomorrow anyway.. so why not try??

I had considered this option, but if she *is* impacted it would be with cypress mulch, which can be fairly sharp and splintery. I'd hate to puncture the wall of the intestine by manipulating anything.
hope she makes it (pts = Purple Tongued Skink yes??) im still Very new to herping so id read responses to my suggestion b4 u try it.

My bad. I should know not to post in acronyms. PTS = Prehensile Tailed Skink (Corucia zebrata) in this case.

Thanks Mark.
-Z
you got to wait till tomorrow anyway.. so why not try??

I had considered this option, but if she *is* impacted it would be with cypress mulch, which can be fairly sharp and splintery. I'd hate to puncture the wall of the intestine by manipulating anything.

fair comment.. and sounds to me your right not to mess then!!
hope she makes it (pts = Purple Tongued Skink yes??) ... id read responses to my suggestion b4 u try it.

My bad. I should know not to post in acronyms. PTS = Prehensile Tailed Skink (Corucia zebrata) in this case.

see i show my newbiness.. lol however Google shows then to be VERY cute looking herps.. really do hope you get yours back to health soon!!

Mark
(pts = Purple Tongued Skink yes??) im still Very new to herping

LOL..that is a riot! Not making fun, but that made me chuckle!

~Wade
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