Posted by: schnooza | 2004/10/22

Snakes need beefing up...

Our California King Snake laid eggs recently so is a little thin, she needs a system boost. Our other snakes also need a system boost, I'd like to do this annually. Any suggestions?

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Generally we don't recommend any specific vitamin supplementation, as snakes can get very ill from oversupplementation of certain vitamins, such as vitamin A and D. If you are feeding good quality whole vertebrate prey (not pinkies) that are fed a decent diet (Epol mouse and rat pellets, not sunflower seeds) the snakes should not need any further supplementation. Do not starve the prey before feeding, as the gut content supplies a whole variety of nutrients. Prey that have been frozen also may become deficient in certain vitamins - we recommend freshly killed prey. If wanted vitamin C (1/4 tablet) can be given to the snake - this will do no harm and may boost the immune system, depending on whom you talk to.

Dr Willemien van Wyk
Bird and exotic animal veterinarian

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Posted by: Acineth | 2004/10/27

You can also contact your local herpatological society.

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Posted by: Pi | 2004/10/26

Looks like you won't get help about snakes here, lots of dog and cat people. Why don't you do a search on the net about pet snakes and see what comes up. You will probably find books at a bookstore as well.

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