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Snake w/ one eye

Jessica29
10-14-2012, 03:59 PM
This was one of the normals I got for free with my coral ghost. It looks like its a deformity and not an injury as it looks like he has a little tiny eye. Has anyone ever had a snake with one eye? He's the only one that did not eat for me. I posted pics in the phot gallery but here's the best I could do. I'm just hoping that this deformity does not interfere with feeding or shedding.

http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh487/JessicaChoske/DA9287D9-7DEF-41B3-821F-70565D2E203D-3843-000002EBFF05B233.jpg

bitsy
10-14-2012, 04:45 PM
Corns don't rely heavily on their eyesight, so only having one functional eye in captivity shouldn't have any particular impact on the snake's quality of life (it doesn't have to look out for predators or hunt for food). You'll just need to be careful that you approach to pick it up from the side with the good eye, so that you don't startle it.

It's a shame that you don't know whether there are any other underlying problems. It shouldn't be used for breeding, just in case the condition is genetic and inheritable. Did it come with feeding records detailing what it was eating, how often, and when it last ate? It may just be the shipping which has stressed it and it might need longer to settle down.

As a side note, were you warned in advance that you were being sent a one-eyed snake? If not, it sounds like rather than a free snake, you've instead been dumped with something unsaleable which has the potential (albeit not guaranteed) to need costly vet care at some point. That would be pretty unscrupulous if it was done knowingly. The alternative is that there's no way the vendor can have checked the snakes over properly before shipping if they didn't spot that one of them only had a single functional eye.

jessicashallperish
10-14-2012, 05:12 PM
I have a female snow that has one eye smaller than the other and it is non visual. she does great

Jessica29
10-24-2012, 09:17 AM
Well this guy refused food again Saturday, but the two that came with him did as well. The day after one went in to blue, so I'm hoping it was because they're about to shed. Ill try again this Saturday and maybe try live. How long should he go before I consider force feeding?

Chip
10-24-2012, 09:40 AM
Frankly, I won't force feed any corn. They eat on their own or weren't meant to make it. A one eyed, kinked, wonky jawed, etc. I never even offer food. They go to kingsnakes. All that said, I bet yours will take live.

Jessica29
10-24-2012, 09:46 AM
I understand where you're coming from if you have a lot of snakes, but I've only got 10, so I can afford to try whatever it takes to keep him alive, even if it means force feeding to get him started. I'm going to try live, boiled, tuna scent, ivory scented ect before force feeding though. I just don't know how long until he won't make it.

BloodyBaroness
10-24-2012, 09:57 AM
Did you know this snake had a defect when you got if from the breeder? Did you know the breeder beforehand?

It seems like you may have gotten a problem snake dumped on you.

A huge collection of snakes or 3, sometimes a non-feeding snake with a deformity is a sign that it was not meant to thrive. Try the methods, but please also steel yourself that this little one may not make it.

Jessica29
10-24-2012, 10:01 AM
I was told that there may be an extra normal snake in the box that was het for the other snake I bought. But there ended up being three extra normals. Which is fine with me. But I have no knowledge of feeding or shedding prior to them arriving. I've got hope for this little guy/girl.

BloodyBaroness
10-24-2012, 10:15 AM
I was told that there may be an extra normal snake in the box that was het for the other snake I bought. But there ended up being three extra normals. Which is fine with me. But I have no knowledge of feeding or shedding prior to them arriving. I've got hope for this little guy/girl.

Hmmm... sounds like you may have been given "clear out" snakes. Not that it's totally a bad thing, but sometimes you get a mixed bag of feeding/nonfeeding/issues. I'm not saying that is totally the case here, but it gives pause for thought.

I hope they do well and start feeding again.

Also, I know this is going to seem nit-picky, don't take it the wrong way as I do not know your full intent, but please do not consider breeding the one-eyed one. That trait seems to congenital in some snakes and can have other bad effects tagged along with it.

Jessica29
10-24-2012, 10:38 AM
I understand your concern. Spook will be kept as a pet, no worries there. I've got a pair of coral ghosts, and then the two siblings from spook that have the hets to produce coral ghosts. Just don't know their sexs. That's plenty for me. I really should learn how to pop though ;)

BloodyBaroness
10-24-2012, 12:27 PM
Good deal, I know it sounded a bit harsh. I'm not saying the breeder did anything utterly mind blowingly awful, but it would have been nice to get a heads up to say one has a little issue.

Kathy Love has a great how to pop video on her site I believe. Look under the sexing videos section. Cornutopia.com (http://www.cornutopia.com/)

Jessica29
10-25-2012, 02:12 PM
Well Spook finally ate this time. Turns out he likes them boiled :) hope he keeps it up. Thanks for the help/concern.

hikisquid
10-25-2012, 05:25 PM
Aww, I hope he thrives with you! I have a soft spot for "nonstandard" pets, my first reptile was a paralyzed bearded dragon that was a total cuddler.
Is his name Spook? That's an awesome name.

Jessica29
10-25-2012, 07:55 PM
Me too :) and yes, his/her name is Spook. The pattern on his head looks like a ghost, he's missing an eye, and it's almost Halloween. So it fit pretty well.

dave partington
10-25-2012, 09:26 PM
Good deal, I know it sounded a bit harsh. I'm not saying the breeder did anything utterly mind blowingly awful, but it would have been nice to get a heads up to say one has a little issue.

Hmmm... sounds like you may have been given "clear out" snakes. Not that it's totally a bad thing, but sometimes you get a mixed bag of feeding/nonfeeding/issues. I'm not saying that is totally the case here, but it gives pause for thought.

Did you know this snake had a defect when you got if from the breeder? Did you know the breeder beforehand?

It seems like you may have gotten a problem snake dumped on you.


As a side note, were you warned in advance that you were being sent a one-eyed snake? If not, it sounds like rather than a free snake, you've instead been dumped with something unsaleable which has the potential (albeit not guaranteed) to need costly vet care at some point. That would be pretty unscrupulous if it was done knowingly. The alternative is that there's no way the vendor can have checked the snakes over properly before shipping if they didn't spot that one of them only had a single functional eye.

The breeder was not paying attention, and felt bad when he was informed one of the free babies had only one eye, and had expressed hope this would not become a thread topic.

A one eyed, kinked, wonky jawed, etc. I never even offer food. They go to kingsnakes.

Thanks Chip.

This is what I usually do, however, this individual was from 'X tessera', and in the stack of 'extra normals or non targets'. Corns which are fed and cared for but not much attention is paid to them because they're going off as a hundred+ in the wholesale pile. Sometimes I'll toss a few freebies with good hets to a customer. Perhaps I should stop doing that?

Jessica29
10-25-2012, 10:08 PM
Dave I had not mentioned any names or said anything poorly about who they came from. Some others had expressed concern about it in which I only replied I did not intend to breed him. I'm sorry if any of these seemed as though I was trying to say bad about you. I've simply never had a snake that wouldnt eat or a snake with a physical defect. That's all this thread was meant to be about.

dave partington
10-25-2012, 10:30 PM
No prob Jessica.

Weda737
10-25-2012, 10:51 PM
I like the little eyeball oddball. Sometimes people make mistakes, it's our nature, human error. I understand every viewpoint expressed here so please no one mistake me for taking at shot at them, but it's like at my job, do all my work, all my projects, but do one thing wrong, and it's like people are waiting to pounce. Hundreds of healthy babies sold off to hundreds of happy homes, but the few mistakes always get the attention. Still think he's adorable though, quirks happen and there's no reason the odd ones can't be loved too.

rich333
10-25-2012, 10:56 PM
My 2 cents worth.....

My "Freebie" that came with My Stripe Het lava Ph Opal Female that i got from

Dave is an absolute Mouse Chomping Monster! :) No Complaints here.



Jessica,

Sometimes The trip on a fed-ex truck does strange things to a snake.

Snakes,as a general rule, can go a LONG time without feeding.

Glad to Hear He/she Has eaten for you.

Best Of luck with your Lil One.

ceduke
10-25-2012, 11:51 PM
Shiari has (or had, not sure if she still has him) a snake with two itty-bitty little eyes, and he is just fine. :) I like the 'unique' ones. Spook is adorable!

BloodyBaroness
10-26-2012, 08:44 AM
The OP had never mentioned the breeders name to anyone. The reason I was concerned is because there have been some recent stories floating around about breeders dumping things on newbies, one very notorious corn snake breeder is back at it. It upset me that this might have been what happened to the OP.

diamondlil
10-26-2012, 10:04 AM
No-one would have known who the snake came from, until it was volunteered.
Personally, I'd be royally ticked off. I'd feel duty bound to keep the little tinker as a non-breeding pet, and I produce enough I can't resist myself each year with my few clutches that I have to harden my heart against keeping too many 'different' babies.

dave partington
10-26-2012, 11:14 AM
Jessica, I'd gladly pay for a shipping label to send Spook back here, and send you the label and a box and heat pack etc. to make it right.

Jessica29
10-26-2012, 07:23 PM
Dave, I do not have any problems with this guy. I've fallen in love with him. All three of them are healthy and beautiful, abnormalities happen. They were free and have great hets that match the other beautiful snake I bought from you. I really do appreciate you sending them. If everyone could please refrain from posting anything else unless it has to do with problems raising a snake with one eye or something similar, it'd appreciated.

AliCat37
10-26-2012, 08:31 PM
Coulda stuck him in my box and I'd have been just as happy as Jessica turns out to be :)

starskygirl
01-18-2014, 05:19 PM
hi folks, I'm new. My name is DJ, i live in London Ontario Canada. I have a normal corn who is called Cinnamon Girl. She is 4 yrs old and 3.3 feet long.

I have had no problems until recently. My cat thought it was smart to get up on her screen cage cover and our guess is he went thru the corner with one of his feet. I dont know how long it was like this but I went to feed her one day and I noticed her eye bulged out and sort of covered like when they shed. I took the lid off the cage and when I did that I discovered the opening. Usually its a slide out lid, slid out, feed the lock back.

I knew right away then, what was wrong since the screen is steel. I took her straight to the vet who confirmed. She pokes her eye on a tiny thread of the screen. He told me there were two punctures. 200 bux later with eye cream and skin wash ect she is healed but has lost that eye as well as shed.

So here is the problem. She has not eaten in 2.5 months. A few weeks ago she had no interest in the baby rats. This is a snake who loves her food. She normally strikes,grabs and coils around the rat/mouse. I tried several times and nada. Today she clearly either wants to eat or thinks she is a rattle snake. She is doing something she has never done before. Shes rearing up like on the movies, opening her mouth and leaving it wide open and striking me instead of the mouse. The one time she did get it she started to constrict it then just let go and started to slither away. It was her fave too...a week old live baby. Once I gave up and picked her up she was fine.

There is no eye cap on the good eye and after this adventure i soaked her for 15 mins to loosen the rest of the shed she had on the lower half of her body since new years. So what is going to happen? Will she ever eat again? Will she die? How do I help her? I am at a loss.

I have replaced the terrarium lid with nylon screen and put a piece of plywood on the top in case that stupid cat tries it again he cant go thru. You advice and help and suggestions are accepted most gratefully.

dj

Joba
01-18-2014, 06:47 PM
Starskygirl, copy and paste that into your own thread. You'll get more responses.