Snake's eyes give clues to pathology

09/19/2013 | Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration), The

When the owner of a 6 1/2-foot wart snake asked about persistent opacity in the animal's eyes, veterinarian Jeff Kahler suspected water quality was to blame. Dr. Kahler explains how the proper mix of salt and fresh water is needed to simulate the brackish water of the snake's natural habitat. Without the right water balance, snakes can develop corneal edema, a serious condition that can be reversed before permanent damage sets in if the water-salt balance is corrected promptly.

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