Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Things we deal with (AFF)
So in the last Het Red Axanthic clutch, I hatched out this special little Gargoyle girl.
The rest of her clutch was fine, and the first thing I noticed was the slight kink in her neck.
The second thing I noticed was that she had a truncated snout and large eyes.
She, to me, looked like the snake version of Down Syndrome. It would be interesting to see if this were true, although other than the physical symptoms, I have nothing to base this on (I would love to see if it is chromosomal, however).
I was captivated, as I'm sure she will survive, although I have a sneaking suspicion she is blind.
Her eye as of last night has welled up with fluid, and I will be working to remove it with my Vet.
She responds well, has tongue flicks at appropriate times, although is slightly less responsive due to being blind than most baby snakes I deal with.
Bringing it back home to humanity as a reference point, we are all a little different. This girl is too. She deserves all the best, and she will get it.
I am planning on giving her a chance, hopefully seeing that she can thrive, and then see where we go from there.
Will she be a part of the breeding program?
But she will be a trophy animal in the collection until I can find someone who loves her for her differences as much as I do.
I was thinking about calling her AFF, after Andrea Fay Friedman, one of my favorite actresses with DS. Learn more about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Fay_Friedman
Again, this is the type of things we as breeders deal with. I personally don't like putting animals down that have a fighting chance.
What about you?
Have a great day, my friends.