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PostSubject: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:23 am

Hey everyone, about 3 days ago I noticed that on some parts of my snakes belly that it was turning a little pinkish red. I thought that it may be a burn or something like that but I only have the hot spot set to 93 degrees and the heat has to go through 2 inches of bedding. So I kind of ruled out that she is starting to get burned. Could it be a burn? Does anyone know what it could be because I want to get her heathly as fast as I can.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:32 am

Did your ball just shed?
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:07 pm

no she has not shed in about 1.5 months.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:53 pm

neeckow123 wrote:
no she has not shed in about 1.5 months.
She's probably starting to then. That's one of the first signs.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:10 pm

Yeah I was going to saw if she had just shed, she had an issue with her shedding and creating irritations but since she hasn't shed, her scales are a bit irritated and are ready for a shed.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:27 pm

Ok. SO is this a problem that I should really be worried about?
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:01 pm

I would say keep an eye on them. Check your temperature and humidity levels in her home. Make sure they are appropriate for her. If she doesn't shed in the next few weeks, you may want to consider offering the ball a sort of bath for her to soak her scales in to help with the shedding. If her pink spots get worse, you need to treat her for burns, just to be safe. Or take her to the vet to make sure there isn't some underlying cause.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:47 pm

Ok. I just got home from school and they seems to be that the pink color on her belly is getting much lighter. And her color is starting to get darker like she may go into blue within a few days. I will keep an eye on her and if it get worse will probably take her to the vet.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:49 pm

Keep her humidity up and leave her alone for a few days unless her enclosure needs cleaning; mine tend to be grumpy during shed anyway.

Don't worry about soaking her unless she has a bad shed that comes off in pieces and she's got patches of stuck shed.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:43 am

Ok thanks. So I have her on aspen bedding right now. How would I keep up the humidity on that? Could I just lightly mist it?
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:40 pm

I don't know your set up, but if it's fairly sealed, just keep her water bowl full so there's plenty of evaporation to keep it humid. Extra misting probably isn't necessary. I agree with the let her be and keep an eye on her.

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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:52 pm

Using a wide, shallow water bowl and keeping it partially over the heat so the water evaporates helps keep the humidity up. Misting also helps, but if you soak aspen too much it tends to mold.

In the winter my house gets so dry that I switch mine over to cypress mulch to help with humidity.
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PostSubject: Re: my ball has a problem   Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:19 am

Ok thanks guys. The pink is actually getting lighter for some reason and she is about to shed in about 4 days. I did what you said and the humidity is rising. Thanks again.
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