Darwin Python gurgling sound and “coughed” up gooey white substance

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  1. Jessie daley

    Jessie daley New Member

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    We’ve noticed our albino Darwin, making a gurgling sound when we Handel him lately, and he’s been acting strange, today he yawned and some mucus type liquid came out of his mouth, see photo.
    Our friends looked after him, and when we picked him up we noticed some red spots around his eyes and head see photo, possibly unrelated however.
    Is it time to see the vet?

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    Here’s the redness around eyes.
    Possibly unrelated.

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    Herptology Active Member

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    Respiratory infection most likely

    What are his temps cool and hot end and what is his enclosure layout like? RI is most commonly linked to poor temperature gradients
     
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    sounds like it needs a vet URGENTLY
     
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    Jessie daley New Member

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    Got him into the vets shortly after posting, vet said most likely RI, not sure if it’s bacterial or viral, they’ve given us a month course of antibiotics and pain relief, has to be injected, then a check up at the end of the course.

    His temps sit between, 29-32 degrees in the hot end.
    The cold end is about 24-26.
    Depends on the weather as it’s up against a window, (unfortunately only place for it).
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    Vet told us there is no treatment for a viral RI, is this correct?
    Does this mean euthanasia if it is?
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    Two heat lamps in top right corner (only 1 now as 2 was overkill), above the shelf, thermometer sits next to the shelve.
    UV globe is in the center, and left corner is just the normal light globe.

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  5. Barry

    Barry Not so new Member

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    I’d use a piece of thermal wrap down the side facing the window ( it’s about 10mm thick, can get from Bunnings) stop the temps rapid fluctuations . Good luck
     
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    Sdaji Almost Legendary

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    You should never keep a reptile (or pretty much any animal perhaps other than fish) up against a window, and preferably not against an external wall in many cases. Most likely this is a respiratory infection caused by bad temperatures caused by being near the window and poor enclosure design (your enclosure looks great to human eyes but isn't well designed for a tropical python's health especially if it's going to be kept near a window).

    Are the heat lamps the only heat sources?

    Yes, if these symptoms are being caused by a virus you should euthenase, but given the situation it's 99% certain that you have a bacterial respiratory issue caused by bad temperatures. Get it away from the window and into a decent enclosure.
     
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    Ryan-James Not so new Member

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    If you haven't done so already you need to go to a "decent" reptile and/or bird vet. Is there any mouthrot coccidiosis symptoms with the infection as well? They need to test that goo before they can make a decision.
     

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