Well, some of you may remember this thread in which I discussed the possibility that Henry, my 5’ albino corn snake (and classroom mascot), may have a hemipenile tumor. We treated him for antibiotics for 2 weeks, then brought him in yesterday for a follow up visit. Although the swelling had gone down, the area was still inflamed. The vet believed it was an abcess that just needed to be drained, so Henry stayed the night so he could have surgery this morning.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be a tumor after all. Strange that the swelling went down with the antibiotics; perhaps it was a secondary infection? The very generous and understanding vet went ahead and removed the large tumor (the vet tech said it was huge for a snake–2" long and 1/2" wide) at a very discounted price–the antibiotics from treatment round #1 cost more. Henry’s home now, all stitched up, and has to wait a week before getting fed. The stitches come out in a month.
Of course, the kids are very concerned about Henry. I’ve told them everything except the type of tumor–“penis” said in the classroom would result in mayhem thanks to a few really immature boys.
Best part is, the vet saved the tumor for me. It’s sealed in a jar of formaldehyde (and this double-bagged in ziploc for health concerns) for the curious kiddos to study tomorrow. Yummy!
So much drama for such a little snake!