Snake Rescue and
Things change. Tis the way of the universe. Sometimes what we want does not always match what we are able to do. A snake that is your best friend today, may slowly develop an attitude that you just don't know how to control. A baby snake grows in some cases into a VERY big adult. This can become quite intimidating to the average pet owner, and can be VERY dangerous. A snake that is given to a child as a birthday present can be a source of joy and a great way to learn responsibility, but a child is a child and something that can hold his attention today may be quite boring tomorrow. Sadly when this happens to a living animal, it can be shoved into a dark corner and forgotten and left to slowly starve to death.
Here at Qwatra we can help you rehome your snake. If size or behavior is the issue, we can usually rehome him with a breeder or experienced snake enthusiast or in some cases a zoo or wildlife park. We are also in many cases able to treat sick snakes. *
We are always looking to add contacts to our adopters list. If you wish to adopt one of our rescued snakes, please fill out the form here (coming soon- send me an email till then) to be added to our database. Please note that I will not give my rescued snakes to just anyone! Adopters must meet certain standards and educational requirements. **
Too cool- respiratory infection, empactation
Too hot - burns from heat source
Too wet - scale rot.
Too dry - empactation, dry shed,
- retained eye caps (eventual blindness).
Often, once a snake is sick, it's as good as dead because most people (sadly even many vets) have no idea how to treat reptile illness, nor do they understand what caused the illness in the first place. I am by no means immune to the lack of knowledge of snake care, but I am trying to learn as much as I can as fast as I can. I am always open to advice and suggested reading.
A sad learning experience for me was the fourth time I acquired a snake with a respiratory infection. Sometimes lessons are learned the hard way <sigh>. I knew he had a respiratory infection, but I was always led to believe a respiratory infection was kinda like a cold- Set up the snake in ideal conditions and the infection should clear up. Which it will in many cases if it is not severe, and this was what I had done three times before. BUT... Now I treat respiratory infections like pneumonia. I thought this snake was getting better, when in fact I know now he was getting worse. His sneezing and snottting seemed to be going away, but then I found him dead. :( Had I treated him with Baytril right away, he most likely would have recovered in a matter of days. So live and learn. When it comes to snakes- if they are ill I take it dead serious!
-New video showing how to treat respiratory infections with Baytril vapor coming soon! -
** Adoption Fees and Records-
Sometimes a snake can pretty much go from adoptee to adopter. But if I have kept it for a while, treated it for illness, or otherwise spent money on it, I ask for that amount of money in the adoption fee. I will have a log of what money was spent for what, as well as feeding and weight records for the period of time I've had the snake, and any information on the age, history, and origins of the snake. My standard adoption fee is 25% of the retail value of the animal plus any expenses. All money collected through the rescue goes back into our reptile rescue and education programs.
Check our Facebook page for current available rescues!