Ripped Skin?

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  1. MangoPie

    MangoPie Not so new Member

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    Hey there guys,
    today I found my young Bredli Python (about 6 months old) stuck to some tape that was used to keep his rock-background stuck to the back of his enclosure. I immediately called my reptile specialists to ask what to do in removing the tape and I managed to get it off of his body, however, he has a small tear in his skin which I'm super worried about. I'm not sure if the wound is serious enough to warrant a vet visit. There was a little bit of blood but it's otherwise pretty dry. I'd say it's about 5mm long. I'd get a photo but the process of removing the tape was stressful enough for him and he's since hidden away in his hide and I don't want to bother him anymore today.
    He was supposed to eat today which was also a bummer. I'm a new snake owner and I've only had this guy for about 3 weeks now so I'm a little shaken up over the whole thing. I'm probably going to give him at least a week before I feed him again, I'm just hoping he'll be ok?
     
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    Tape of any shape or form is a big no no in any reptile or amphibian enclosure. Very difficult for the experienced folks here to comment on whether your python's injuries need veterinary attention or not without seeing quality pics of the injury.
     
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    Guess I've learned that one the hard way haha. I'm going to make sure I never use take in the enclosure again.
    I got him out quickly just to take some pictures, here's what the injury looks like

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/420516935675936780/532024153134596097/20190108_133310.jpg
    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/420516935675936780/532024153792970762/20190108_133322.jpg
     
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    Hi MangoPie,

    Any open wound in an environment with the potential for infection is serious. Depending on the effectiveness of your cleaning regime the enclosure will contain bacteria and protozoa from feces. There is a chance that no infection may occur, there's is also a chance of infection. You've already made a bad decision with the tape, don't make another and take the snake to the vet and make sure. The vet will also advise on the time to wait before feeding. Depending on the size of the wound and it's location, the stretching of the skin during the feeding process may enlarge the wound.

    You should have consulted the vet from the outset rather than asking the question here. You need to pick up your game and do a better job.

    My advise is to read as much as you can about the hobby (books, not online). If you were well read before hand you would never have put tape in an enclosure.

    I am being harsh with you in order to spur you into better husbandry. I hope that you can take the criticism constructively and learn. I hope that everything works out and that these mistakes turn out to be minor.

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    Nick
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    I've just looked at the pictures, I would advise a vet visit. That conclusion should have been apparent to you.
     
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    Pauls_Pythons Power Seller Power Seller

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    I agree with Nick. Vet visit, have the wound professionally cleaned and closed up.
    Of course you have learned a precious lesson here, try to learn from other peoples mistakes in future, its a lot more beneficial to your pets.

     
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