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Regurgitation (Vomiting) in Snakes

By: Dr. Nancy Anderson

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Optimal treatment for snakes with vomiting or regurgitation requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical and may include one or more of the following:

  • Administer any prescribed medications or food supplements as directed by your veterinarian.

  • Be certain to alert your veterinarian if you experience any problems while treating your pet. Be especially careful to report regurgitation, decreases in activity or the development of diarrhea.

  • If your snake's cage is located in a high traffic room, consider getting a cage cover because it can give your snake extra seclusion when its time to rest. If your snake still regurgitates, it may be necessary to move it to a quieter location.

  • If your snake has cage mates, try feeding and/or housing your snake separately.

  • Be sure to clean and disinfect the cages and cage furniture of any snake that is being treated for throwing up. Parasitic, bacterial and viral causes of throwing up are contagious to other reptiles. Some bacteria that can cause throwing up such as Salmonella and Pseudomonas can also infect people and cause serious disease. It is important to avoid contact between reptile cages and cage furniture and food preparation or human bathing areas.

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