He is a mellow blue line male and is the first dark phase neonate in our collection to morph directly to black without first lightening to orange or yellow. The black mark on top of his head is not an ink spot but evidence of the fact that he was a real knucklehead as a neonate. He somehow managed to bend a number of scales completely backwards in one of his overnight escapades. The scales fully recovered their normal shape and position but remained an indigo shade of blue.
Clutch #1: Faze x Akwa... produced 24 fertile eggs resulting in 17 dark phase and 7 yellow neonates.
Akwa was retired as a breeder during his first season due to a severe hemipene prolapse. He will remain at the rescue as a program animal due to his serene disposition. A brief account of the medical intervention and his recovery follows...
11.17.09 Discovered newly dried blood on water bowl and branches at 11:00AM. At animal hospital by 12:15PM. Surgical removal of spongeform head of right hemipene under sedation due to significant hemorrhaging, swelling and drying of tissue by 2:00PM. Left hemipene everted during attempt to replace prolapsed right hemipene. Neither hemipene retracted on own. Right hemipene completely amputated. Left hemipene replaced. Akwa hospitalized overnight for observation.
11.18.09 Everted left hemipene again overnight. Tissue slightly dry but able to rehydrate and replace. Tissue tacked but left hemipene prolapsed again around noon. Left hemipene treated with dextrose, but did not retract on own. Tissue temporarily tacked to hold in overnight for assessment by specialist the following morning.
11.19.09 Removed portion of spongeform head of left hemipene under full anesthesia. Consultation with additional snake specialists provided guarded prognosis for penile prolapse in arboreal species.
11.20.09 Returned home with Akwa from hospital at 3:00PM with injectable antibiotic (Ceftazidime), injectable analgesic/anti-inflammatory (Meloxicam), topical antibiotic (Tab) and topical analgesic/anti-inflammatory (Traumeel).
11.29.09 Sloughed skin one scale at a time during scheduled medical treatments.
12.11.09 Shed significantly thickened skin overnight, complete with exception of last two or three inches of tail tip. Manually removed as much skin on tail as possible. Last inch of tail hard and dry, pinch test resulted in no reaction.
12.13.09 Ruptured suture on left side of cloaca. Left hemipene prolapsed. Spongeform head of hemipene completely necrotic.
12.16.09 Observed further constriction and darkening of tail tip.
12.18.09 Shed necrotic spongeform head of left hemipene. Remaining tissue appeared well perfused but still protruding from cloaca.
12.21.09 Started another shed cycle with onset of paleness and opacity of skin.
12.24.09 Noticed tip of tail ash gray, further constricted with greatly reduced scale definition.
12.26.09 Shed almost normal skin with last inch of tail attached, including desiccated soft tissue and bone. Remaining tissue almost completely scaled. Skin appeared to cover bone completely.