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Old 25-10-2019, 11:20 AM
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Hello guys

I'm a little lost with a current Hognose illness/issue and thought I'd make a post and see if any suggestions that haven't been tried pop up.

For the past year my 6 year old Hognose has being regurgitating anywhere from a few to twelve hours approx after taking food. Other than the regurgitating there has been no other behavioral or environmental changes. She hasn't even lost weight or body condition during this time which is all the more baffling to myself and my vet.

Shes currently in 4x2x2 wooden viv, soil mixture substrate, plenty of hides and foliage. Temps are stated with a ceramic controlling the ambient and heat cable running in the back quarter of the viv to provide a warmer basking spot. Temps are kept between 30-32 degrees at warmer end.

So...what have I tried up to now...
I've tried varying temperatures for extended periods of time.
She was eating large mice for the past years. Since this issue I've reduced to much smaller food size (Mice pinkies > Rat Fluffs and everything inbetween).
Shes had a fecal sample test done (came back as perfect).
Ultrasound done (everything normal).
Medication wise shes had a de-wormer, antacid and antibiotics (Given at various points throughout the year).

I'm at a bit of a loss now. Running bloods is the last option but I'm not sure that tells me anything the fecal sample wouldn't of? Obviously the financial cost has been pretty high up to now and feel no further forward and I feel like I have to draw the line somewhere as I'm not a bottomless pit financially.

Any advice would be appreciated and If I've missed anything out I'll try to fill in any gaps.

Thanks
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Old 25-10-2019, 01:12 PM
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I'm not sure why you need both a ceramic and a heat cable for a warmer area. The ceramic will do this itself. I would increase the basking temperature to 34, they do like access to a very warm area. In a big that size you can easily provide a hot spot at one end, if it's too hot the snake has ample space to move away.
With all the vet tests coming back normal, it could just be that the snake is not quite warm enough to digest. This can then lead to regurgitation.
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Old 25-10-2019, 01:53 PM
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I'm not sure why you need both a ceramic and a heat cable for a warmer area. The ceramic will do this itself. I would increase the basking temperature to 34, they do like access to a very warm area. In a big that size you can easily provide a hot spot at one end, if it's too hot the snake has ample space to move away.
With all the vet tests coming back normal, it could just be that the snake is not quite warm enough to digest. This can then lead to regurgitation.
Thank you for the response.
I could certainly try upping it to 34 for a while and seeing if that helps. I have played with temps previously but it was a while ago and shes since had the medication so maybe I'll get some success.
Regarding the ceramic and heat cable combo. Was more a case of why not really. I had both items, they are both ran off the same stat and my thinking was that some of the heat coming from below may be beneficial when the snake is in its warm hide.

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Old 25-10-2019, 06:31 PM
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they are both ran off the same stat and my thinking was that some of the heat coming from below may be beneficial when the snake is in its warm hide.

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Not the best way. All separate heat sources need to be controlled by their own individual thermostat. The response time from the ceramic will be a lot quicker than a lower wattage cable.

Follow Ian's advice, remove the cable and just use the ceramic. Have a read of the basic guide to heating post that is stuck at the top of this section for more guidance
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Old 26-10-2019, 06:56 PM
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The best advice I can give you for hognoses is to search for GreggM on here. Sadly he stopped posting a while back however his knowledge of hognoses is probably the best you will find. Read all his threads and posts and you won't go far wrong.
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