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Q: Discoloured spot on cornsnake, is it bruise or scale rot?
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Checkmate [06-2011]

I have a 4 months-old cornsnake. 2-3 weeks ago, he stuck his jaw and part of his body on tape, so we went to the vet. He had a twisted jaw and an open sore under the chin, and the vet said he had some bruises on his body as well. We had a big scare and learned our lesson: snake + tape = bad.

Today, his jaw is ok, he eats and defecates correctly. He also shed 5 days ago. He still has 2 sutures under the chin, and that caused a piece of skin to remain stuck (the rest shed normally). While bathing him to remove the skin, I noticed a discoloured/gray area on his side. Is that the bruise the doctor was talking about, or is it scalerot?

Since I kept his shed, I checked to see if something was wrong on it, but no, the area corresponding to the gray spot is normal.

So, what is this strange spot, and how do I make it go away if possible?

hotspot: 29-30°C
coolspot: 20-23°C
humidity: around 60%

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Points: 150
Topics: Skin
Tags: Bruise, Cornsnake, Infection, Scalerot, Skin, Spots
Species: Other Colubrids > Other Colubrids > Elaphe guttata guttata
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Accepted Answer 10/19/2011 11:25:55 PM


I don't know what it is, but you could treat the spot every day for a week with antibiotic cream like neosporin. If it is scale rot it should help. Of course if it is a bruise then after a week it should go away too! The point is that neosporin won't do any harm to the snake, but could help. Also I would put your snake on paper towels, till it clears up, and change it every time it poops on it just to make sure in case it is scale rot.

Author Comment 10/20/2011 9:36:43 AM


he is already on paper towels :) I have triple antibiotic ointment, I'll give it a try. Thank you!

Member Comment 10/20/2011 1:37:37 PM


get ahold of Brad (bwaffa) - I believe there's a reason you don't want to use neosporin?

Member Comment 10/20/2011 7:48:08 PM


Really? I was told to use Neosporin and have used it without any known issue. Of course if there is any concern on it I definetly would like to know. Let me know what you find out.

Member Comment 10/20/2011 8:33:29 PM


I'm trying to dig it up - I've also asked our herp society's vets for their opinions. I'm not sure if that's really true, but I've seen adamant opinions in both directions

Author Comment 10/25/2011 11:18:00 AM


I've been applying ointment for 4-5 days, and the spot doesn't seem to change. I think it might be a bruise. I'll ask the vet when we'll go for his checkup.

Author Comment 3/25/2012 1:33:05 PM


update: colour is slowly coming back on the bruise.

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