As soon as Ra was safe and sound in her car, Wiltz opened up his carrier to take a closer look at him. The poor snake was severely dehydrated, 20 pounds underweight, covered in mites and had five layers of shed skin piled up on his body. He also suffered from broken teeth, abscesses in his mouth and a respiratory infection. He was so weak he could barely move around on his own, and it was clear that Ra’s journey to recovery was going to be a long one.
“You had to support every part of his body or else he would turn into a noodle,” Wiltz told The Dodo. “It was clear that the previous owner failed to take care of him for months. My heart completely broke into pieces.”