Murray Darling Carpet Python swallows keys – X-Ray

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“Esfa”, a Murray Darling Carpet Python had the misfortune to swallow a set of Harley Davidson keys.

X-rays revealed the keys had passed into her stomach. They had to be surgically removed.
The keys had lacerated her oesophagus (throat) and caused some bleeding as they passed through this narrow passage into her stomach.

She was anaesthetised and underwent over one hour of surgery to remove the keys.

For two weeks after the surgery she was stomach tubed with fluids and medication to help the damaged oesophagus heal.

She recovered well after the surgery – However, she won’t be able to eat until her internal lacerations heal.

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