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    Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    My BP developed what I think is scale rot while a family member was keeping him for me. I had been having trouble keeping the humidity up, so I switched the substrate from cypress mulch to a combination of Eco Earth and Repti Bark which did help with the humidity but I guess too much. At first I thought the redness on his belly was just bits of the eco earth but it wouldnít wipe off and now I am convinced itís scale rot. I am attaching links to some pictures because I donít know how to add pictures on here. I have been doing betadine soaks (10%) and applying neosporin (with no pain killers) twice daily since the 15th and I switched him to paper towel as substrate. I disinfected the whole tank, and poured boiling water on his hides and his branch. The redness on his belly looks a little bit better but his scales are starting to fall out, mainly while he is getting soaked. This is my first reptile and obviously first time dealing with scale rot so I am stressed on what to do. If it doesnít get better in the next day or two I will have to take him to the vet but I would rather try treating it myself first, if I am able to. Does this look like scale rot? If it is, how severe does his look? Any tips on how to help him before I have to take him to the vet? I feel horrible for him.


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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    Switch him to paper towels. What is your temperature and humidity at? I've delt with scale rot before and it looks like it is the start of it. I wouldn't use polysporin at all. Betadine soaks daily like you've been doing. If it is scale rot that's about all you can do for him.

    I had a Male a couple years ago get scale rot and it covered about 1/3rd of his belly and took several months to heal.

    You did the right thing by cleaning his enclosure. If it is scale rot it's in its early stages but it's best to see a vet if possible.

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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    My humidity is now 50-55% and my temps are 75-77 ambient and my UT is set to 90. I have switched him to paper towels. Would you recommend doing the betadine soaks once or twice daily?

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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Tbs1417 View Post
    My humidity is now 50-55% and my temps are 75-77 ambient and my UT is set to 90. I have switched him to paper towels. Would you recommend doing the betadine soaks once or twice daily?
    I'd recommend once daily as to not stress the snake out to much. It may start to look worse before it gets better though but you seem to have caught it early. Good luck and hopefully you get the lil guy all better

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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    Hi,

    I see nothing worrying that won't disappear completely with the next shed.
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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    Thank you both for your replies. Here is an updated picture. I have lowered his daily betadine baths to once a day, as suggested, but Iíve very worried about him. His scales on his belly are falling out. Is this a normal part of the healing process? Does it seem like he is getting better or worse?


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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    Also, how do I go about feeding him? He is due for a feeding but how will I do the betadine baths when youíre supposed to leave them alone for 48 hours after eating? If I skip the baths for 2 days will his scale rot get worse?

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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    Are there any signs he is going into shed?

    I ask mainly because of the colour change of the scales. I'd be tempted to skip the baths alltogether for a few days and stop applying anything to the snakes skin.
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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    Quote Originally Posted by dr del View Post
    Are there any signs he is going into shed?

    I ask mainly because of the colour change of the scales. I'd be tempted to skip the baths alltogether for a few days and stop applying anything to the snakes skin.

    He doesnít seem to have any sign of shedding. His eyes arenít blue and his stomach isnít pink. His scales on his stomach have mostly fallen out. Is that a normal part of the healing process for this?

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    Re: Is This Scale Rot? Please Help

    I hope you get a response soon from keepers that have dealt with this. Ive never heard of scales all falling off their belly. Im sure you have Googled but id keep trying until you find something that is similar to help explain what might be happening.


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