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Q: What temperature should the water be for a bath?
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Apollyon [AC-SB-M-711]

My kenyan sand boa is  a problem shedder. I got a temperature thing and I was wondering what temperature the water for a bath should be? I don't want him to go into shock or something. :)

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Topics: General Health , Skin , Water
Tags: Water
Species: Boas > Small Boas > Gongylophis colubrinus
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Accepted Answer 11/17/2011 10:08:02 PM


about 84  ish

Author Comment 11/17/2011 10:19:51 PM


Mkay :3 And what can I do about the shed on his face? I think it'll stress him out if I try and take it off. It's not just his eye caps. It's like his whole little head. Poor guy. (He has his shed on his face, underbelly and tail atm. The top part came off with a little assistance. )

Assisted Answer 11/17/2011 10:23:37 PM


Put him in a smallish tub with a little water and a towel to crawl around in. Generally a few hours in the water will take care of any stuck sheds.  I put a heat mat under one end to make sure the water doesn't get overly cool.  then in the future you need to address the issues of poor shedding.  I'd provide a humid hide for this guy so that he can keep himself more moist when he's going to shed.  I found many of my snakes liked having the humid hide in there all the time, not just during shed.

Member Comment 11/17/2011 10:26:16 PM


+1 For meg she beat me to it  you can let him soak for longer if its bad  I have soaked chondro's 48 hours  and they come out clean as a wistle

Author Comment 11/17/2011 10:30:21 PM


He has a humid hide. :3 He doesn't really hang out in it though. :/  

But I'll try that tub thing tomorrow. :3 I have a few hours to spare tomorrow. Supervised bath time it is lol

Member Comment 11/17/2011 11:43:43 PM


As Meg has already pointed out, soaking in luke warm water works very well. I'd like to re-emphasize that you should include a towel when soaking, as I have seen snakes drown in as little as a couple of inches of water.

Alternatively, you can also take two towels, and sew them together to form a bag. Wet the towel-bag, place the snake inside, and tie off the open side. Leave the snake inside for a few hours during its active time, and the moisture combined with the texture of the towel will usually take care of any stuck shed. Keeping the snakey towel bag inside of an enclosure during this process is also a good idea, as it prevents some hectic moments if you happen to find out that your bag was not properly tied or sewn.

Assisted Answer 11/18/2011 4:10:45 AM


My snake HATES soaking. I use the Zoo Med Repti Shedding Aid. I spray it on my hands and tub it on him. Then spray on his head. The humidity drops pretty bad where I live and even doing everything I can to get it up sometimes still results in a bad shed. The spray is 6.99 at petsmart in WA. I feel so bad for my guy so I have to do something. Trying to soak him only stresses him out more. IT's all relative to the animal :)

Member Comment 11/18/2011 8:08:31 AM


I would warn strongly against using wet bags to soak a snake. I think it was Sony Raju or someone who had a chondro suffocate while in the wet bag. Oxygen cannot move through wet material-I'm sure as a kid you made a float bag from a pillowcase in the pool...wet it, fill it with air and float on it.  If they get their nose into a corner, which they'll try to do, they will suffocate.  I've personally known of two people to lose snakes that way.  I always use a tub with a towel for them to run on and climb onto. I've left them for a night and in the tub in their cage without any issues.  They can't get stuck in wet material, and they have something to climb onto if the water proves too deep. 

Member Comment 11/18/2011 9:10:36 AM


I appreciate the word of caution, Meg. I have not had any problems using that approach, but it is certainly valuable to know that others may have had negative experiences with this. I suspect that the size of the bag, the type of snake involved, and the amount of time that the animal spends in the bag are key factors that should be monitored closely.

Author Comment 11/18/2011 5:45:33 PM


Thanks he's in his bath now. Yay :) It's slowly working. He doesn't really know what to make of it though. xD He doesn't really want to move except trying to get out when he thinks I'm not paying attention. Ha

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