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My ratsnake recently started showing a very dark green dry crust coming out of its vent, i thought it was impaction as i had a snake who had impaction before and the vet showed me how to clear it.

More hard dark green stuff came out of the tail end ( not the stomach end) followed by lots of what looked like very white thick puss) it was like the consistency of toothpaste and as i cleaned the area with water more and more came out with a little bit of blood at the end but the vent is not bleeding now. It shocked me because the tail wasnt even swollen and i didnt notice any sweilling or lumps.

I spoke to a vet on the phone who said if it didnt appear swollen to bathe daily with warm water and keep it clean etc.....the vet i spoke to didnt specialise in reptiles but said he had dealt with reptiles alot before and just suggested i keep an eye on it and bathe it keeping it clean and looking after it?

has anyone had this problem before ? and did it clear up by itself ?
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sounds like infected hemipenes, I could need antibiotic, but you would need a vet to look at it.
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I would get it to a proper reptile vet if you can mate, cant hurt to be sure and its going to be better dealt with sooner than later for sure!

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followed by lots of what looked like very white thick puss) it was like the consistency of toothpaste and as i cleaned the area with water more and more came out
I think you may have been jizzed on too.....
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has anyone tried to probe it recently? as Bladeblaster says, it does sound badly infected. Don't let the infection spread through the entire snake to the point of septicaemia, get it to the vet for some antibiotics just to be sure.
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I would get it to a proper reptile vet if you can mate, cant hurt to be sure and its going to be better dealt with sooner than later for sure!



I think you may have been jizzed on too.....

Its a girl snake so I doubt it......

She hasnt been probed or anything different Ive had 24 eggs from here in the past...always healthy so i dont think its anyhting to do with sex organs .....
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Its a girl snake so I doubt it......

She hasnt been probed or anything different Ive had 24 eggs from here in the past...always healthy so i dont think its anyhting to do with sex organs .....
because you have had healthy eggs in the past, it's not infected now, wow it must be a miracle?
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Sorry was just trying to say that shes def female and not been probed for 6 years so not an infection from probing.......

So just wondering what else it could be...?
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I would say take her to a reptile vet too. It sounds like an infection to me; my daughter's bull snake started with one in his tail, and he hasn't been probed for years either. A couple of shots of antibiotic soon sorted him out, though.

Because they're cold blooded, pus in reptiles often takes a different form to what we're used to seeing - it's a thick, cheesy off-white material, similar to what you describe. It sounds as though you've cleared most of the necrotic material, but as timberwolf said, you don't want the infection to spread.
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Thanks Rosiemum and Timberwolf.

I just moved to my new area and tried a vet on sunday but they said they dont deal with reptiles there.

Her condition has improved a great deal, with no swelling or any discharge so just keeping an eye on it and trying to work out what it was...
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Sounds to me like impacted scent/pheromone glands... It can be somewhat common and easy to treat... Just a little pressure on either side of the tail is usually enough to get most of it out... Did you notice an odd smell when it was coming out???
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