7.5 years ago, shortly after I married, I saw a lively little ball python at the pet shop. Took him home and had a blast. Husband didn't like him, but tolerated his presence with the condition that I was the snake's sole caregiver.
Just had twins 5.5 weeks ago. No time for me or my snake. Snake is now not looking so hot...dull scales, not shedding regularly, not being fed enough....and possible mouth issues after a bad feeding episode. He roughed his mouth up during a feeding that included grabbing the mouse awkwardly and biting himself (the mouse was prekilled, by the way). Now has irritated gums. Still eats, as I fed him a few days ago.
Humane Society was called and snake will be taken there next week. Husband is happy. Says we should have rehomed him a long time ago. He's right. I am just heartbroken. My pet got into rough shape on my watch, but I want to think I am just overwhelmed, not a pet abuser.
Think I am doing the right thing, but feel just awful and am actually in tears as I type this. Have I done the right thing? Anyone else been through this? Please, I need some support. Thanks.