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Posted by coluguy on March 11, 2003 at 20:28:53:
In Reply to: blood with wierd scales posted by acmurty on March 05, 2003 at 20:24:37:
Im not sure exactly what it is but it sounds like some kind of bacterial infection. Your number 1 choice is to go to the vet. However, many people are stubborn and refuse to do that, preffering a home remedy, especialyl when qualified reptile vets are not available. Heres what i would suggest:
Take the snake out of the cage and soak it in a betadine solution (add enough betadine to make the water look like a light tea) and soak it for an hour or so. Disinfect the cage completely, and keep him in a separate room from any other reptiles you may own. After soaking him, increase the heat in the cage (but not too much!) and apply a one percent salvadine cream, or some polysporin ointment. Neosporin is not as good as the previous but may work as well. If this is a bacterial infection, a week or so of this routine should take care of it. As for not eating, blood pythons are picky eaters. You MUST have the setup perfect to get them to eat. Thats just how they are. Good luck!