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A Stitch in Time

When a Tucson couple saw an injured long-nosed snake moving slowly in their yard they decided an intervention was needed. They carefully placed him in a covered box and drove to Tucson Wildlife Center’s hospital for help.

Long-nosed snakes are harmless, non-venomous constrictors, that feed on small animals such as rodents. This snake arrived with a deep and infected laceration on the top of its body. The wildlife veterinarian determined surgery was necessary. The dead and infected tissue inside the wound was removed and the surgical site stitched up.

The surgery was successful and this beautiful long-nosed snake is healing and eating well under the care and attention of volunteers and staff at the hospital. It will not be long before his rescuers will be releasing him at their home. In the end, all it needed was a stitch in time.

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