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Prolapsed Hemipenes

Posted in Health Issues, Reptiles, Snakes with tags , , , , , , on 22 August 2013 by rainforestexotics

Upon returning home from an all-day drive, i happen to look in on the redtails that were cozied up in the corner of their cage. I noticed something was sticking out of George’s cloaca– for a split second i didn’t think of anything, yet i pondered on it as i walked towards the kitchen and said ‘wait, what the heck was that’ – i hurried passed the dinning table and almost hit my face to one of the glass cages sitting nearby. I leaned closer to the cage and saw it then. ‘Poor George, what’s happened to you?’ I then caught my husband’s attention and together we investigate George’s condition.

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My husband Nikolai took him out of the cage and immediately ‘his thing’ just hung loosely. I thought of how painful he must be feeling at this time. My husband was in awe ‘I’ve never seen something like this in my years of having snakes’. I managed to say ‘his hemipenes are blown off, he can’t mate and make babies anymore’. I was sad for George. Nikolai grabbed his mobile phone and called a friend we know who has a rescue center in our local area. Luckily, she answered and did confirm what i thought it was…’a prolapsed hemipenes’. George’s days of mating and the possibility of populating is over- i thought to myself ‘I hope he had a good time before this happened’. It’s far fetched but what the heck.

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The longer Nikolai talked to our friend, the more detailed information i learned tonight. So in due time, when it dries up, it will fall off. Nothing to worry about, he is no way in any pain, regardless of how it looks- looking at George, I am less convinced. All that didn’t really sit well with me so the internet was my book for source of info. I stayed up long enough to have memorized the same information all the sites I have visited…in the morning i will be calling some local vets for more information.

References:

http://exoticpets.about.com/od/reptilehealth/a/Prolapsed-Hemipenes.htm

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