Snake With Skin Cancer Gets Treated

Snakes may be shedding their skin, but that didn't help a plains garter snake in Ohio keep cancer at bay. When the keepers at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium discovered that one of their prized breeding plains garter snake had melanoma, they turned to the MedVet Medical Center for Pets for treatment. After a blast of radiation, the snake returned to her cage and resumed the job of producing litters of offspring. The treatment went well enough apparently because she just gave birth to ten new little snakes. The plains garter snake is now quite rare in Ohio and the zoo is working to repopulate the grasslands with her help.



(Photo: Matt Reibold)