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“Types of snakes”

In the legends of ancient China tells the story of that dragon once there was a huge sea snake or a giant boa constrictor, swollen from the sea water in the Yangtze river.

Live large Boas and Kharkov zoo. Although to see their usual Kharkiv is unlikely. For the past four years as the entrance to the terrarium of the zoo is closed — emergency building on the brink of destruction. The roof of the cage, consisting of concrete slabs started to crumble. And simple repair in this case is not enough.

Once there was an aquarium for fish the local waters, says head of the Department of amphibians and reptiles of the zoo Olga Kalinovskaya, and when in 1995 marking the centenary of the zoo, was transformed into the current terrarium. Now the zoo management plans to restore the aquarium, and over it to build the pavilion-a terrarium. It remains only to find the money to build.

Thus it happened that now to exhibit a collection of snakes for the zoo anywhere. New housing received only crocodiles, lizards and small amphibians in the premises of the recently renovated monkey house. The rest live in various closed the eyes of the visitors spaces.

In Kharkov zoo today is home to 20 snake species, only about 200 individuals creeping. All of them are tropical snakes that were bred in captivity.

Creeping the oldest inhabitant of the zoo — a female Continue reading

Royal Python

Problems with young.Part 1.

Infant vardousia or hardened yolks, hard belly, mass in Ball python hatchlings.

Newborn Regius, born in razvodnyh world level (captive breed, next, CB) or on a snake farm in the wilds of the jungle (farm breed, then FB), sometimes present surprises. In the last third of the body they have formed a small swelling. If you palpate the area, you’ll find some solid foreign body. It can be of different sizes and in some cases take up half the volume of the digestive tract of the snake. It’s not stool, as some might think, this so-called hardened yolk (hard yolk). Foreign colleagues use the term “hard belly” to refer to this problem, in a literal translation on Russian it sounds like vardousia.

The good news is tendopathies suffer only newborn Regiony. Suffer the vast majority of cases, not for long. Somehow solid the yolk mass is blocking the intestine, which threatens the life of a newborn Python. If the mass, which is visually similar to the oblong lump of matter, not removed in time, the snake will die of starvation and dehydration. If you delete, the chances of survival of the young of Ragusa will be slightly higher, but according to statistics, only 10-20% of the pups live longer than two months after the procedure.

Removing Python from the tumor, by contacting the veterinarian or yourself. In any case, you should be prepared for the fact that a dense mass inside the belly of a snake Continue reading

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