My amel cornsnake is regurtating his food. He will eat and keep it down for about three days and then barf it up. I have his tank at about 31 degrees celcius. He appears to be in good health. I have been feeding him small mice too. The mouse when regurgitated does appear to be partially digested.

Thanks for any help
Caminator
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I have a Creamsicle Corn that was doing that. How old/big is your snake? Give him a smaller mouse..maybe half the size you have been. And if you are feeding F/T be sure the mouse isn't freezer burned, and is completely thawed. If he upchucks, wait several days before feeding again. He may need a vet visit, but hopefully the food adjustment will work.
My Creamsicle is very tiny, and I think I may have fed him too large of pinkies a time or two. At least he did get his name from that..Chuckie..lol.
Repost & let us know how he does!
Roger
My amel cornsnake is regurtating his food. He will eat and keep it down for about three days and then ... good health. I have been feeding him small mice too. The mouse when regurgitated does appear to be partially digested.

Is this the same one that was regurgitating before? How many times has it happened recently, and how long are you waiting after a regurg before you try to feed again?

-Z
Yes, this is the same snake that was regurgitating last year. He eventually came around and ate like a trooper. ... takes the mouse eagerly and gulps it down. This has been going on for about two months now at least.

Has he pooped during that time? Get a fecal done.

I would also recommend that you take the next regurg (and any gastric fluids you can scoop up) to the vet testing.
While you're waiting for that to happen here's
a short list of things that are common causes
for your problem:
1. Improper temps. It may be that the ambienttemp is too low, or you're feeding at night
and then the temp drops for several hours,
interfering with digestion.
2. Food is too big. Try feeding smaller fooduntil the problem is solved.
3. Too much handling after eating. Err onthe safe side and don't handle him for 48
hours after feeding, except to move him
from the feeding tub back to his tank.
4. The snake is gorging himself on waterafter eating. Remove water dish after feeding.
5. The snake is dehydrated. The skin shouldn'twrinkle or crease. If you gently pinch it, it
shouldn't stay tented.
6. The snake is stressed by something. It may besomething simple like the cage being on a shelf that vibrates when you play your stereo or from low-level sounds from nearby construction or your cat keeps
staring at him.
7. Medical problems - intestinal block, protozoal,bacterial or parasitic infection, tumor.
If fixing 1-6 don't solve your problem in the
next few weeks then it's time to start thinking
seriously about #7.
It also may be time right now, if you have other snakes, to start treating this snake like it's in quarantine. That means that everyone else gets fed/watered/cleaned first and no cage equipment gets swapped between the sick snake's cage and any of the others.
Good luck.
-Z
Yes, this is the same snake that was regurgitating last ... been going on for about two months now at least.

Has he pooped during that time? Get a fecal done. I would also recommend that you take the next regurg ... He doesn't have a block as he does poop. I will get a fecal done and seewhat comes of that.

Thanks for the advice
I am wondering, I had a surinam that was doing the samething, unforunatly he didn't survive. Could star-gazing disease be a culprit?
I am wondering, I had a surinam that was doing the samething, unforunatly he didn't survive. Could star-gazing disease be aculprit?

Star-gazing is a sign of Inclusion Body Disease. If you think your snake might have had that, I'd quarantine the rest of your animals and not get anything new for at least a year while you research IBD. Not sure if tehy can test live animals for IBD or not.

fr0glet
Star-gazing is a sign of Inclusion Body Disease. If you think your snake might have had that, I'd quarantine the ... at least a year while you research IBD. Not sure if tehy can test live animals for IBD or not.

Snakes can show signs of central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction in a variety of ways such as loss of the righting reflex, aberrant behavior, and "star gazing". Important differential diagnoses are:
1 - Septicemia
2 - Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency.Fish-eating snakes such as the gartersnakes (Thamnophis species) are often fed on marine fish obtained from the fishmongers, such as whitebait. This contains high levels of the enzyme thiaminase which destroys the snakes endogenous thiamine resulting in cerebro-cortical necrosis.Treatment is with B1 supplementation, and is avoided by providing a B1 supplement plus boiling of fish before feeding to denature the thiaminase.
3 - Protozoa.Acanthomoeba and Toxoplasma have been isolated as the cause CNSdisturbances.Suggested treatments include metronidazole @ 100-275mg/kg p.o.once only (only 40mg/kg for King snakes and Indigo snakes) or trimethoprim/sulphadiazine @ 15mg/kg p.o.daily.Treatment not always successful.These are both potential zoonoses.
4 - Organophosphates such as insecticide aerosols.Over-exposure to Vapona isoccasionally seen.Treat with atropine @ 0.04mg/kg.i.m.
5 - IBDB especially pythons.Regurgitation seen in boas, but CNS inPythonidae.- C-type Retrovirus.
Follow the link if you are unsure what IBD is:
http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/sacs/wildlife/IBDINFO.html
Remember, one of the WORST things to do is to ask a remote user to try and diagnose ANY medical condition. We can offer advice, at times come pretty close, but the only way to be sure is to take it to a vet or a person/lab who is qualified to perform serological/fecal tests.

For example:
Subject: Snake (colubrid)
Symptoms: Regurgitating, listless, mid-body swelling, anorexia, loose stools.
Diagnosis: One of the FIRST things people think about is Crypto (Cryptosporidiosis). The fact of the matter is that there are approximately
35 known bacterium and 19 parasites that cause the SAME symptoms!! Onlythrough proper testing can one know what is the cause (and effective treatment) of such ailments.
I've said it before: "Frankenstein Medicine" is NOT a good way to understand, learn, and control medical problems in ones collection!

Good luck.
~Wade
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