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Recently 3 Burmese Pythons came into Dangerous Creature looking a little sad and sorry for themselves. Sea World's two Vets, Drs Penning and Pieterse were called to assess and all three were diagnosed with Pneumonia and two had a mite infestation as well.
Similar to humans, pneumonia presents itself with symptoms like runny nose, raspy breathing, phlegm in the lungs and nasal/layxny areas, and like us humans, when we have pneumonia they did not want to eat and have little interest in life around us.
Once their weights were established they were put on an appropriate dosage of Amikacin (antibiotic) and nebulised once every second day! The two with mite infestation were treated with biokill, which eliminates the mites which live beneath their scales and compromise their immune system.
As the weeks went passed their breathing became less laboured, they slowly regained their interest in life and food, and are now well on their way to a full recovery!