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Scale problems/Blood python


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Posted by Tormato on May 11, 2003 at 03:00:18:

They say that Bloods get dermetitis if the substrate is too wet, or constantly damp. At first, I would mist the cage and the ground would have to get wet, naturally. Now I have a bigger bowl with more sphagnum moss than before, so I dont have to spray as often. For some reason, the baby blood stopped going in her hidebox, and liked to burrow in the moss. Seeing as the moss is constantly damp, she constantly subjects herself to scale rot, no? I can't control what she does, but it seems like there is no winning. Shes got a couple of 'rusty' looking spots on her belly. I apply polysporin daily along with some betadine soaks regularly. I can tell shes going to shed in a couple days, and I'm just waiting to see if it will come off. Any ideas on how I can keep the cage humid without her getting these scale problems?

I had a Ball that did nothing but soak. He lived in his water dish, yet he never, ever had scale problems. Whats going on? Is this deeper than too much moisture? I was looking to buy a mister; the ad says the water droplets are "so fine it flows on the air". Does that mean the ground wont get wet, yet it will keep humidity?

Finally, when I take the sumatran blood out for more than two minutes, she starts to dry out. Her scales just get kinda dry. Not flaky, but like she needs moisture 24/7. Is this normal? Im just concerned for this poor guy-I dont want her to be uncomfortable in anyway. She has a wonderful feeding response and doesnt SEEM to be stressed, but how can I know? Sorry about the long winded post, but any help would be wonderful.
Thanks




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