I'm fairly new to the ball pythons, I only have one, and it has really dry skin. He had a bad shed and is still working on getting a large piece of skin off. He also looks and feels really dry. I keep the humidity at 50-60% in the tank so I havn't a clue what the problem is.
I have a UTH regulated at 90% and a dimmed heat lamp sitting on the top of the cage. Could the light be drying him out too much? Do I even need it?
I've tried everything. I mist daily, sometimes even spraying him directly, however the skin patch from the shed just won't come off and he looks and feels really coarse and dry. especially around the head and neck area.
ok thank you kindly AkHerps. I'm going to turn off the light for the night and see what happens. The ambient temp never drops below 80 on the warm and 70 on the cool, even at night. So I'll try that out. I would try to give him a bath but he is really young and terrified of everything, I don't want to scare it to death.
I've had him for at least a month now. probably 5 weeks. He has eaten every 5 days without missing a beat taking the food within the first 3 minutes of putting it in the tank. I feed him frozen/thawed small adult mice. He is about 14-16 inches long.
I wouldnt "bathe" him like a sink, but you could try putting him in a sealed plastic container. Small containers are good because theyre prtty much just a super wet hide. Stress isnt that bad as long as the water isnt deep.
Yeah that's what I suggested. It may stress him out a little, but just do it for 5-10 minutes then, and make him "slither" through a washcloth that you are holding and his old skin will probably come off.
ok so i currently have him sitting in a plastic tub, bottom lined with paper towels sitting in a small puddle of warm water. will this be good enough? i'll try a half hour. I really need to get that skin off.
Just to clarify, snakes are supposed to feel dry and smooth, not damp or slimy.
Unless his skin is really saggy and loose, which indicates dehydration, he's probably fine. I remember thinking something was wrong with my Ball when it didn't feel damp to me. Then I learned they aren't supposed to feel that way.
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I just had to do this with my bp, put a little bit of warmish lil hot bit not too hot water in a tupperwear container and let her crawl around for bout 30min. Took her out and held her for another 10 and got all skin off.... keep in mind they mine is a year and a half old and very very docile.