I got home today to find my female Ackie dead. She was the one that just dropped 5 eggs. She was fine this morning. I check on her and my male Ackie and they both were up and doing well. I get home today and she's in the middle of her tank dead. Since she is housed by herself, in her own cage, I was curious as to the cause of death. I called the vet and he said to bring her down and we'd look to see what the cause of death would be.
Egg bound, which broke inside her and she was poisoned to death. The vet this is highly irregular, to become egg bound on the last egg. He thinks that due to her young age, she didn't have the energy to drop the last egg and it somehow broke.
She did not show any signs of being sick. She ate crickets yesterday. She was however a little underweight, but she just dropped 5 eggs. The day after she laid the eggs, she ate 2 larger pinkies and since then she has eaten somewhere around 30 crickets.
I am really upset, I would have never expected this. Believe it or not, this is my first lost reptile. I've never even lost a hatchling when I bred snakes. This is a really sad day for me!!!
Don't post the Rainbow Poem!
Jim Smith

Blaming a gun for murder is like blaming a car for hit and run.
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I'm sorry! What a bummer, and you were so excited about the eggs. I hope they're viable and you at least get some babies.
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Cindy
Egg bound, which broke inside her and she was poisoned to death. The vet this is highly irregular, to become ... that due to her young age, she didn't have the energy to drop the last egg and it somehow broke.

I've heard of this happening to a number of monitors, including one of my own.
My condolences.
Luke

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Thanks to all!!!
Jim Smith
I got home today to find my female Ackie dead. She was the one that just dropped 5 eggs. She ... the Rainbow Poem! Jim Smith Blaming a gun for murder is like blaming a car for hit and run.

That's sad to hear Emotion: sad Hopefully your male and any others you get remain healthy for you. At least you know it wasn't anything that was your fault.

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That's sad to hear Emotion: sad Hopefully your male and any others you get remain healthy for you. At least you know it wasn't anything that was your fault.
There might really have been nothing that could have been done to prevent this - but maybe if things were done differently, this could have been avoided. I was not going to bring this up at this point, but since you mentioned it, there is a real possibility that lack of proper nesting conditions contributed to this tragedy. To fail to look for causes that we can change will only mean that we repeat the same mistake again and again. I do not know about how Mr.

Smith keeps his ackie, so I cannot say anything for certain about what conditions were like for the ackie in question. While it is comforting to think that there is nothing we could have done, when the grief clears, it is time to sit down and ask hard questions about whether we did the right thing, and how to change conditions for the better in the future. When I lost my dear female argus monitor to the same cause, this is certainly not something I wanted to hear.

I wanted it to be fate, something unavoidable, something for which I could take no blame. I know now that my nesting conditions were inadequate, however, and this likely had an impact on my monitor's death. Female monitors can be very picky about their laying conditions - if the right nest site is available, they usually lay very quickly without complications. If the sites are not to the female's taste, she can retain the eggs for too long, contributing to egg binding even if some of the eggs were successfully passed.

Things may be similar in this case. Alternately, it might be due to some other factor which the keeper could have changed - dehydration, or inadequate fat reserves, or improper calcium levels, or who knows what. We are in no position to judge, as none of us kept the animal in question. Hopefully, after Mr. Smith has come to terms with his loss, he can look at the events of today objectively and find some regimen of care, some protocal, or the proper conditions that will prevent this from happening again.
Again, my condolences to the original poster, and best wishes for the future.
Luke

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My deepest sympathies. Words cannot express my deep sadnesss. Best wishes with your future breeding projects as well as your current ackie eggs! snake lady
My deepest sympathies. Words cannot express my deep sadnesss. Best wishes with your future breeding projects as well as your current ackie eggs! snake lady

Thank You!
Jim Smith
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Aw, Jim! I'm really sorry to read of your Ackie's death... here's hoping you have some little hatchlings to remember her by soon. Take care.
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