I was just in checking on my snakes before turning the lights out for the night and noticed what looks like a small tick on one of my girls. Its greay with the darker area by the head of it. What do I do? Fleas and ticks are a big problem in the area of Texas I am in right now do to the fact that we had no winter. My reptile room is right next to my grooming room so I can only guess that a client dog brought it in. I never would of thought about a tick traveling to the reptile area, and going for a snake rather than a warm blooded critter. Or a mouse could have brought it in??? I am in the country and no matter what I do wild mice are a fact of life I could live without. So do I use tweezers and pull it off? What do I do and what can I used to prevent this from happening again?
Last edited by Lana's_mom; 04-10-2012 at 09:51 PM.
I don't suggest just pulling it off. If the head gets stuck, it can continue to bury itself into the skin and cause infection. So unless you can pull the head out, don't try anything. I suggest just leaving it the tick alone and let it fall off by itself.
It will fall off by its self? It is right behind her jaw, I admit I am a bit freaked out by it. She just shed last night so I couldn't of been on her long. Is there any risk to her if I leave it alone to fall off? It already looks like it is trying to burrow into her skin.
If you leave it it will eventually pull off when it's full but it could just leap onto you or a dog or something and it might start multiplying. You're better off getting rid of it while it's still there.
Ok. I went ahead and pulled it off. I have a lot of experience of getting ticks off of dogs, so I tried it. I am pretty confident that I got it head and all off of my girl. It was big enough to see easily and to grab with tweezers, and it looked like a tick. It was about the size of this "o". Maybe just a tad smaller. To my understanding, correct me if I am wrong, but a mite is more the size a period on the page, right?
I will be keeping a close eye on my girl, and I checked everyone else over and no one else appeared to have any. So tomorrow I am going to bleach the groom room and deep clean the snake room. I normally clean my groom room pretty heavy anyways after grooming dogs, but I will go over it with a fine tooth comb with bleach tomorrow.
Last edited by Lana's_mom; 04-10-2012 at 10:36 PM.
Did you check to make sure you managed to get the head out? And also, I personally would never leave a tick on any animal until it voluntarily let's go. The longer it is attached, the greater the chance of transmitting pathogens. You did the right thing. Just make sure you keep that area clean and check her regularly for signs of infection. Nasty little buggers. We're having a similar problem here in Florida. Yuck!
1.0 Normal BP (Faron)
1.0 Mojave BP (Ares)
1.0 Bumblebee BP (Hercules)
0.1 Cinnamon BP (Eve)
0.1 Lesser BP (Athena)
0.1 Dumeril's Boa (Xena)
0.1 Anery KSB (Pandora)
1.1 Crested Geckos (Antony&Cleopatra)