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Corn Snake with lump behind head
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Old 01-17-2022, 11:13 AM   #1
Corn Snake with lump behind head

I just fed my corn snake (2 years old and female) her first ex-breeder size mouse from perfect prey. She ate that fine and was properly sized for her but two days later when I checked on her, a small lump appeared right behind her head. It seems to have gone down a bit in the past day but Iím still worried. It doesnít feel hard so Iím guessing probably not any of her bedding, feels more like air.
Old 01-17-2022, 12:05 PM   #2
That's odd. Can you post a picture?
Old 01-17-2022, 01:11 PM   #3

Old 01-17-2022, 01:11 PM   #4
that didn't seem to work ill try again
Old 01-17-2022, 05:50 PM   #5
Oh okay, so the lump is more like in the throat area? Is she due for a shed?
Old 01-17-2022, 06:11 PM   #6
Yea it’s on her throat, I would say she is probably due for a shed. Could the shed be what’s causing this?
Old 01-18-2022, 12:48 AM   #7
Yes, it definitely could be. I'm not sure exactly how it's related, but occasionally corns will get a puffy throat right before a shed. The only other thing you might want to do is check inside her mouth for any signs of mouth rot or respiratory infection. It's not super easy to open their mouths, so if she's otherwise acting normal (eating fine, pooping, behavior seems fine), then I would probably give her a week or so to see if she's about to go blue. If she does go into a shed, then you can check on it again after the shed. If it's still present at that point, a vet visit with a reptile specialist vet would be necessary.
Old 01-18-2022, 03:12 PM   #8
Thanks for helping me out, after some research I couldn’t find any vets that specialise in reptiles, would it still be a good idea to visit a mammal vet that does treat reptiles, but doesn’t specialise in them?
Old 01-18-2022, 03:35 PM   #9
That will probably depend on the vet. Some may have experience with reptiles and others won't have any. You could call around and see if any of them will see snakes. Unfortunately it can be really hit or miss. I hate to ever recommend not going to a vet when a snake has a health issue, but sometimes vets that don't know reptiles can actually make things worse. For now, I would just wait and see what happens without intervention.
Old 01-18-2022, 03:37 PM   #10
Is this vet nearby?

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