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Q: My ball python has some redness on her belly, should I be worried?
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Hi. I was just wondering if I should drop everything and rush to the vet. I just noticed this redness today. I have been busy with work and an new puppy, the dog is very attached to me and I have been keeping them away from each other. I noticed this as my friend held her, the ball python, today. He said she was sick. I looked for info on the internet and found some articles that have me scared. So I was wondering if you could help me. I have attached a pitcher of the redness. it was the best I could get since the puppy was trying to get the snake as I held her. So is this septicemia or something I need to go to the vet for?

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Topics: General Health , Infectious Disease , Finding A Vet
Tags: Belly, Disease, Python, Vet, Worried
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Member Comment 4/22/2017 1:25:08 PM


I'd check her hot spot to make sure it's not too hot. Also need you describe in detail what her set up is.

Author Comment 4/22/2017 1:37:07 PM


I'm sorry if I'm not to clear. The snake was a surpise pressent form my dad. I don't even know why he go it. I didn't even hint at wanting a snake at all. It really upset my mom. I think he got it for free or something. Anyways. The encloser is 2 feet by 1 foot by 1 foot. I use Zoo Med Eco Earth Compressed Coconut Fiber Substrate as the bedding. I try to keep the temperature around 80 degrees. The top of the enclosure is a screen so I have a bit of trouble with humility. Also the last couple of weeks I have had trouble with my heating in the house, it won't turn on. I think it is the thermostat. My dad is trying to fix it. There is a heating pad on the bottom of the cage on the outside on one side. There are two hides, both halves of logs. One on the cool side and the other on the heated side. If you need to know anything else just tell me.

Member Comment 4/22/2017 1:49:13 PM


It may be going into a shed cycle. It looks like an albino? If so, any discoloration would be more pronounced. Since the heat pad is on the side it shouldn't be a burn. The heat pad should really be on the bottom of one side of the tank and controlled by a thermostat set no highrt yhan 90F. I wouldn't worry about anything from the looks of it but keep an eye in it for a while regardless.

Author Comment 4/22/2017 1:55:35 PM


She isn't an albino. That was her underbelly.

Author Comment 4/22/2017 1:56:16 PM


Thanks. Your words makes me feel better. If it gets worst though, I should take her to a vet right?

Member Comment 4/22/2017 2:01:04 PM


If it gets worse post it here first and we'll let you know. This community has probably saved people thousands of dollars in unessecary vet bills! However, if we say get to the vet then yes you need to go! Keep us updated on her condition. Good luck!

Member Comment 4/25/2017 6:52:43 PM


+100 to everything George said.

also, it may be the very early stages of scale rot. watch it very closely and if it gets any worse seek more help.

hmmm...80 is NOT warm enough. you need a hot spot of 90-95F (NO hotter) for good digestion and thermoregulation. moving the heat pad to the bottom (definitley needs a thermostat) will help, but make sure to measure the temp where the snake will actually be and not just the underside of the tank.

Member Comment 4/27/2017 4:04:02 PM


Are you using a thermostat to regulate our UTH? If not, you are risking severe burns and possibly death for your snake.  How are you measuring your temps?  Are you checking the surface temp directly above the UTH? Not the substrate, not the ambient temp, but the actual glass surface?

Also, for humidity help, cut cardboard to fit the screen top of the enclosure, leaving room for some air circlation. Then wrap the cardboard in aluminum foil and place this over the screen top. tThis will help regulate temp and humidity.

You should have a hotspot of 88-92 (surface temp above the UTH) The ambient temps should be no lower than 75, but preferably 78-82.

Member Comment 4/27/2017 4:04:38 PM


Also, yes, your snake may be beginning a shed

Member Comment 6/9/2018 3:51:45 PM


Hey all, my name is Vern. Although i'm new to Iherp, I am quickly learning that this seem to be a good little community.

From what I just read...you've been given some good solid advice. This seems like a cool little community.

I guess mostly I just wanted to introduce myself and say that i'm glad that I joined Iherp.

Member Comment 6/9/2018 3:53:05 PM


lol...I just noticed that I repeated myself, sorry about that!!!

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