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So my female ball python has a small patch of scales on her lower underbelly that has a slight redness to it. I just switched to belly heat in the rack, but i dont think it is any form of burn because it is only set to 90 and does not feel that hot to the touch. None of my others have that same redness, just wondering why it may be. The scales are not raised and it is just the slightest bit of redness on about 4 underbelly scales. I don't want to worry to much about it, just curious to what people think?
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Member Comment 9/8/2010 11:52:51 PM

if you are using underheat what type of bedding are you using and what is the humidity if it gets too damp in the cage there will be a discoloration thats all the help i can give i cant tell much by the pic.
Author Comment 9/9/2010 12:23:05 AM

Ya the pic didnt turn out that well, bedding is just paper towels and the humidity is only at 55% so not thinking it is scale rot.
Member Comment 9/9/2010 12:43:37 AM

I have had our ball pythons on paper towels for the last week almost and quite a few have shed. They also had a pinkish-but more red looking bellies and I worried about it constantly until they just went opaque and then shed a little after. I dont know why their bellies got so dark (it was unusal to me) but our guys were just going into shed. 
I dont know if this helps at all, but I hope it does. good luck with your girl
Accepted Answer 9/9/2010 2:36:00 AM

Try putting a thicker layer of paper towels and see if the redness goes away. Mine get pink bellies when they shed but not random red patches. Some of those UTH's can get pretty hot unless they are attached to some type of thermostat to regulate the temps. You might consider using even one of the cheaper "reptitemps" to control the temp especially with just paper substrate. If she can lay directly on the heat pad she could suffer burns.
Member Comment 9/9/2010 6:09:34 AM

I would hope its just the pre-shed pink belly. If your UTH us not getting any hotter than 90 (and your sure of it) then it shouldn't be a burn. Perhaps try placing this animal in a different location that's not using belly heat ans see if it goes away.
Member Comment 9/9/2010 7:17:32 AM

I would bet it is the pre-shed belly. Some of my snake's turn dark pink to red on their belly right before going "blue" and shedding. As long as the cage is clean and not too humid I'm sure you're fine :)
Author Comment 9/9/2010 12:07:06 PM

It was burning a little hotter than 90 (yay for the probe slightly going off the heat tape so the thermostadt couldnt do its job. So max temp was 102, which still should not cause burns. Right now it is all fixed and hanging at 89-90, will keep everyone posted.
Member Comment 9/10/2010 3:05:39 PM

Def shed-belly dont worry about it you are doing well keep up the good work!
Member Comment 9/11/2010 12:54:14 AM

Howard Redding
like others have said could be pre-shed pink belly or it could be too warm, not enough to cause burns but enough to dis color. leave it off of heat for awhile. see what happens
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