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Posted by T.B on April 10, 2003 at 07:38:04:
In Reply to: BLISTER DISEASE? posted by carl3 on April 10, 2003 at 00:34:14:
:Anyone have any experience with their snakes & blister disease (or scale rot=same thing,right?) What medicines do you recommend and is there any known association of this disease with snakes eating fish as prey?
I have rehabbed a few cases with moderate blister disease on the ventral surface. All those situations were caused by husbandry issues, ie. overly damp and unclean substrate, sub-optimal temps. For all I used a combination of daily 20 minute soaks in a diluted betadine solution (weak tea colour) followed by gentle debridement, the removal of any dead and loose scales. After drying the animal a thin layer of Silvadene ointment (silver sulfadiazine) was applied. In the more pronounced cases there was a second daily application of Silvadene. The affected animals were kept on newspaper and recovered completely after a few sheds. I don't know about the fish connection for blister disease but feeder fish are notorious parasite vectors and some worms will appear as subcutaneous lumps. A small incision and removal of the worm is needed. I have had this situation with a few garter and ribbon snakes. Good luck.