Can Snakes Break Their Jaw?

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Yes snakes can break their jaw. In fact it’s not uncommon for snakes to break their jaw while trying to eat something that’s too big for them. When this happens the snake will usually shed its skin and the new skin will grow back together healing the break.

There are two main types of jaw breaks in snakes:

  1. Anterior Jaw Fracture

This type of jaw fracture is the most common and usually occurs near the front of the snake’s mouth. Anterior jaw fractures are often caused by the snake trying to eat something that’s too big for it.

  1. Posterior Jaw Fracture

Posterior jaw fractures are less common than anterior jaw fractures but they can still happen. These types of fractures usually occur near the back of the snake’s mouth and are often caused by the snake being struck by something.

If a snake does break its jaw it’s important to take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible. The vet will be able to properly reset the jaw and help the snake heal properly.

Breaking their jaw is not the only way snakes can get injured. Here are some other common injuries snakes can sustain:

  1. Broken Bones

Just like humans snakes can break their bones. The most common type of bone break in snakes is fractured ribs. This usually happens when the snake is struck by something or thrown against something.

  1. Torn Muscles

Snakes can also tear their muscles which is usually the result of the snake being constricted. Constriction injuries are common in snakes that are kept as pets as they can sometimes be constricted by their owners inadvertently.

  1. Damaged Organs

Organs can be damaged as the result of an injury such as being constricted or hit by something. In some cases the damage to the organ can be severe enough to be fatal.

  1. Infections

Injuries can also lead to infections which can be deadly in snakes. Infections are often the result of the snake being bitten by another animal or coming into contact with contaminated water or food.

  1. Stress

Stress is a common injury in snakes especially those that are kept as pets. Stress injuries are often the result of the snake being handled too much being kept in an unsuitable environment or not being fed properly.

If you have a snake that has been injured it’s important to take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible. The vet will be able to properly diagnose and treat the injury.