I think it’s finally safe to say that Basilis has switched to f/t? He took his 4th f/t rat this Tuesday and I am very pleased. He has trouble eating though, and wobbles quite a bit when he swallows but I think that it’s just because he’s old.
Anyway I think he’s already starting to gain some grams; I can definitely see a difference. He’s going back to the vet this Friday for a follow up and if he gets an a-ok this time too then I’ll be moving him into my room at the end of the month.
How old is he? I don’t remember if you’ve mentioned it or not. I wouldn’t consider it something to due with old age unless he is in his twenties. I’ve seen normals wobble after dealing with high temperatures and having damage done because of that but i’m never seen or heard of normals just wobbling. Also standard quarantine time is 6 months, vet or no vet. Its your choice whether you choose to follow it or not. I’m just throwing it out there, you guys have a lot more shit to deal with as far as diseases in reptiles then we do in Canada (IBD is not common at all up here but I still stick to the same practice even if animals have come from the same breeder) Its mostly there because there’s things you or a vet might not be able to see in time and its not worth risking but if you truly feel its okay I wish you and Basilis luck in his continuing recovery. My two sense but no matter how qualified or seeming knowledgeable a vet seems I would still be wary, I’ve seem some supposedly “well known and the best for reptiles” make some very deadly screw ups.
Just my 2 cents.
Again you’ve done great with him, keep it up :D
EDIT : i’ve browsed some threads and the most i’m finding in wobbles in normal can be cause by a few things, over heating, chemicals, being malnourished, incubation issues.
The one person that seems to be the most knowledgeable on the subject has said :
”What I would recommend you do is this:
1. Take the snake to a specialized reptile vet. However be forewarned that neurological issues are not only hard to diagnose, but also to treat. Unless the vet is able to find other symptoms that point to something definitive, I would go into the appointment resigned that they won’t find anything.
Also be aware that some vets will use this as an opportunity to run a series of expensive tests to rule out some of the more pernicious bacterial and viral infections. If you don’t pay attention and ask questions, the bill will get steep fast.
2. Provide the best husbandry you can. Make sure all husbandry parameters are correct. Feed it an appropriate diet and see if the behavior continues, lessens or ceases completely.
3. If you haven’t already done so, review the do’s and don’ts of proper quarantine. Yes, I know you have listed that this animal is in QT, but frankly most people who state this have no idea what proper QT entails.
1. You need to QT in a completely separate area of the house. The farther away, the better. In fact a separate building is ideal. If you have carpeting in your house, vacuum your QT area religiously.
2. Since you have pythons, you need to pick a long QT period. Three months minimum, and keep in mind there is no accepted QT period for IBD.
3. You need a dedicated set of of husbandry tools. Don’t share tools. Some viruses are resistant to many of the cleaning agents use to disinfect tools.
4. You need a disinfectant protocol anytime you leave your QT area. This means, for example, using nitrile gloves and sanitizer, or even changing clothes after handling any animals residing in QT.
5. During QT you should be prophylactically treating your new animal for external parasites and having internal parasite testing done as part of your initial vet visit.
7. All animals entering QT should be checked out by a specialized reptile vet - first thing.
Most of that is pretty basic for quarantine. He stays 3 months is good, normally I would still stick by 6 but again that is your choice.
Given that the wobble could be cause by his previous state you might have nothing to worry about but I would still follow proper procedure given you have Angela.