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    Snake soaking in water bowl

    I was wondering if anyone here could let me know why my snake would be soaking. I've really checked him for mites, and could find nothing. He's on aspen bedding, his warm side is 90 and his cool side is about 80. He's been eating like clock work on Thur. I'm at a loss as to why he is doing this, and I don't know if this is even a normal thing for him to do. Thanks for everyone that gives me some help

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    What is your humidity at?

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    Some snakes like to soak. If you give them a bowl big enough to get in, they may take a bath. I've got one pastel that goes blue and sits in her dish till she sheds.

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    Check the animal really good for mites! You may want to put him on white paper towels for a few days . The paper towels help to verify mites. Some animals just like to soak or will soak if cold. I have one female that I have to remove her water dish every few days or she will soak continuously . Excessive soaking is not healthy and can cause issues.

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    I have two normals and two pastels and both of my pastels are from different clutches and they love to soak and my normals only go near their bowl when they are thirsty. go figure. other than checking them for mites like the above post I would not worry about it.

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    Almost like a lil kid, hahaha! Sometimes they like to take a bath, but most of the time they just don't!

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    Have you changed anything in the enclosure recently such as new hides or anything? I had one that started hanging out in his water bowl after I got him some bigger hides. Once I gave him back the smaller hides, he quit soaking...

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    My ball python will soak nightly for about 15-20 minutes, she will sometimes just stick her head in the water with only her nostrils above the waterline, and the rest of her body hangs out of the dish, its funny. Its like her nightly bath ritual, lol.

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    Re: Snake soaking in water bowl

    Quote Originally Posted by Westcoast View Post
    Check the animal really good for mites! You may want to put him on white paper towels for a few days . The paper towels help to verify mites. Some animals just like to soak or will soak if cold. I have one female that I have to remove her water dish every few days or she will soak continuously . Excessive soaking is not healthy and can cause issues.
    Thanks, came home this evening and was worried it was soaking because it was too hot, and turned down the heat slightly! Good thing I read your post.



    "We're gonna need a bigger bowl"
    Last edited by The Golem; 09-11-2014 at 07:46 PM.

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    I been keeping snakes for close to 30 years. I agree sometimes snakes soak from mites or other husbandry problems. But I seen a lot of snakes that like a soak or a dip every once in a while. I find some like a swim some don't. If it becomes excessive, I would double check my husbandry practices.

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