‘It’s just like Steve Irwin!’

Early one Sunday morning the phone rang. A woman’s voice, on a mobile, described how while walking her dog she had come across what could be a large worm, or snake, lying listless in the grass. Luckily the location wasn’t far, and we were on the scene within a short time.

 

What we found was a snake, severely injured, and already at the mercy of a serious fly infestation. Picking it up rapidly, and hardly waiting to place the stricken animal in the box we had brought, we sped away. Behind us the lady who made the call was heard to say ‘It’s just like Steve Irwin!’.

 

Returning to base we quickly examined the injured snake. It was quickly identified as a Baird’s Ratsnake, probably male. On inspection it could be seen that a good portion of the snakes side was missing, possibly the result of having been caught by the edge of a cars tyre. The wound was cleaned of all the fly eggs, which thankfully had not hatched, and some of the dead tissue removed.

 

We quickly visited our specialist vet who was less than optimistic of the animals chances of survival. They directed us to keep the wound clean, providing wound powder to help, together with a broad spectrum antibiotic. At this point we were not even sure how much, if any, internal damage had occurred, and whether the snake would be able to eat, digest or pass its food.

 

After a long fight the wound started to heal. With successive sheds the skin repaired itself, and thankfully with time the snake started eating. This was a real case of winning a fight against all odds, the snake lived with us for many years before finally passing away naturally.

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