03-27-2010, 10:20 AM
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Drama drama drama. I've learned 3 things from this past night.
1. Aris does not believe that only one side of the tank belongs to him. He has decided to claim both.
2. Tape doesn't scare Aris at all. He'll fight it!
3. Electrical tape sticks surprisingly well to snake scales.
And it takes about an hour to get it off completely =/
I think you guy can guess what happened. Aris got on Spitz's side of the tank (which, thankfully, he wasn't in yet), and got tangled in some electrical tape. We're still not sure if he's going to live. It took an hour of wet, soggy snake, very delicate scissor work, and a lot of drama. In the end, we were able to remove tape around his middle, neck, and head. We got the middle off first, with very little damage. It took repeated soaking in warm water, but it eventually came off. The neck was the worst, as his skin is VERY gentle there. We ripped it a couple of times, but since snakes are notorious for being very tough, we're hoping he'll weather this out. Last of all was his head, which covered both eyes and held his mouth closed (but he was able to get some air). We got it off, but he was very, very weak by the time it was all off. The first fifteen minutes were basically him lunging at my mom and I, and my mom and I trying to stop our hands from being constricted. Then he started slowing down, which was pretty hard to watch.
He's completely out of it now, but still very much at risk. I have no idea how long he was tangled in that tape, but it was long enough to physically wear him out. When I looked in on him this morning, all I can do is thank God that he was in plain view, so I was able to see something was NOT right. I thought he was dead at first D:
I'm pretty sure he's going to go into a rapid shed soon, to heal the open wounds...
Also, he's now in the hospital tank, so only paper towel and light plants for him.
I hope he pulls through this.