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We got a baby green tree python a little over a month ago, her name is Tiamat  I think she is about 3 or 4 months old now.  I don't remember seeing this when we brought her home, but we could have just over looked it.  She has a small bump on her side.  It is verry small and feels like it is perfectly round and hard.  If I felt something like this on a human I would say it was a very small cyst or maybe even a pimple.

I asked a vet about it over the phone and she said it might be best to wait and see if the problem resolves on its own because she is so small.  We thought it could be something to do with the skin itself, but she shed and it hasn't gone away.  All in all she is a very active snake and a very good eater.  She shed with no problems and she has been defacating regularly.

I have addeds some photos below to show how big the bump is in comparison to her body.  

Anyone else have any experience with this or know what it could be?  Does the snake need to be treated or just monitored?  

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Topics: General Health , Skin
Species: Pythons > Morelia > Morelia viridis
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Accepted Answer 3/18/2012 11:22:48 AM

Sonja K. Reptiles

(Thumbs up to you on posting the pics for us to see what you are seeing - that helps a lot.)

Personally, I would just keep an eye on it. Of course it it gets bigger / changes at all, then I would have it looked at.

I had a Madagascar Tree Boa that had something that looked similar, but since it was near one of the eyes, I brought him in. The vet thought that it was likely a calcification of some sort, and we chose to just keep an eye on it since it was not effecting him in any way, and there would be some risks involved if she were to lance it. In this particular animal, the bump ended up going away on its own. 

Member Comment 3/18/2012 11:29:54 AM


While I'm no vet I think it looks like a cyst, what I would do is keep an eye on it for now and if it gets any bigger go ahead and take her to the vet to see if it needs to be removed or not.

Member Comment 3/18/2012 11:13:25 PM


I've heard that you should never handle a GTP less than a year old because of the delicate nature of their spines (or maybe very infrequently and very carefully). is it possible it's a rib that's out of alignment?

however, I'm sure not the expert and there are a ton of GTP keepers on here. is it true that you're not supposed to handle them?

Assisted Answer 3/18/2012 11:20:05 PM

Brandon Osborne
Without actually seeing it in person it's hard to say. I don't know where you got it and I don't want to step on anyone's toes but to me it look typical of subcutaneous tapeworms. It's very common in imported animals.
Member Comment 3/19/2012 12:11:21 AM

Yea I agree, it could be a parasite, such as a pinworm. Was it CBB or farm bred? A fecal float test might be a good idea.
Member Comment 3/19/2012 1:12:15 AM


It looks like some type of cyst but im not a parasite person 

Member Comment 3/19/2012 1:12:51 AM


dont think its a rib

Author Comment 3/19/2012 1:43:20 AM

Tia is CBB, we got her at A Vivarium in Berkley. She is not in pain when you touch the bump so I don't think it's a rib. The bump feels like a hard sphere, I'm thinking cyst or calcification sounds most likely. When she is out, we are super careful with her. We call her a hand snake because she tangles herself up on your hand and just hangs out.
Member Comment 3/19/2012 3:59:15 PM


I had a ball python that happened to.... silly snake, it was a result of her biting her own tail when she missed a feeding strike once.  I would keep an eye on it, and if it isn't gone in a couple weeks, take her to the vet, you don't want it to get infected.

Author Comment 3/19/2012 11:30:15 PM


Izzy I don't think its a bite, there is no wound and its been unchanged for over a month.  It's hard, small and round.

Member Comment 3/19/2012 11:46:48 PM

Brandon Osborne

I'm going to stick with it being a parasite.  They are pretty common in GTP.  I would double check your source on it being CBB.  I've been keeping GTP since 1995 and it looks exactly like bumps from tapeworms I've seen.  I'm not saying it is 100% but I would definitely have it checked out. 

Assisted Answer 3/20/2012 12:11:52 AM


I agree with Brandon  I would at least have a fecal run and see if there are any signs of parasites ..  Lots  of shops  call Imports "CBB"  becouse  they  where " Captive bred "  Just becouse it was born in captivity  dosent mean it wasn't Imported ,, And   farm raised Imports  are notorious  for having parasites ... always ask If was CBB In America 

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