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    Do red nostrils mean anything?

    His nostrils have always had a darker colour to them but they seem a bit prominent now. Donít know if it means anything.


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    He looks like he has a nose rub too...when snakes rub their snoot, it's going to increase circulation (& irritation) to their nostrils too.

    I'd put a little snake-safe antiseptic on his nose rub & try to find out how he's doing that (for prevention, since nose rubs can turn
    into nasty abscesses that need surgical drainage at the vet).
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    Many friends in low places...

    Lots more room at the bottom of the bell curve, & "normal" is over-rated anyway.

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    Do red nostrils mean anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    He looks like he has a nose rub too...when snakes rub their snoot, it's going to increase circulation (& irritation) to their nostrils too.

    I'd put a little snake-safe antiseptic on his nose rub & try to find out how he's doing that (for prevention, since nose rubs can turn
    into nasty abscesses that need surgical drainage at the vet).
    Is the nose rub that dark bit on the end of his nose?
    What is snake safe antiseptic? Iíve only got betadine.
    & How would I actually find out how heís doing it?

    Could it be from him going up to the rhp and prodding the guard the covers it?


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    Re: Do red nostrils mean anything?

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    Re: Do red nostrils mean anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by MuicyJelon View Post
    Is the nose rub that dark bit on the end of his nose?
    What is snake safe antiseptic? Iíve only got betadine.
    & How would I actually find out how heís doing it?

    Could it be from him going up to the rhp and prodding the guard the covers it?


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    Yes, the dark red dot between his nostrils appears to be sore from rubbing/pushing his snoot on something. They don't always do stuff when you're watching,
    could be after you go to bed at night, as that's when they get more active & hunt. Yes, could be pushing the cover on rhp, or most anything.

    Betadine (applied with a Q-tip) is fine, or Vetericyn (a water-based topical antiseptic gel safe for reptile use). Not sure what is available where you are...?
    Some other products are OK for minimal snake use too (like Neosporin, but that & many things are petroleum-based & can mess up scales/shedding on snakes if
    not used very sparingly, & you never use the "pain relief" versions designed for humans on snakes either, it can harm them.)
    Many friends in low places...

    Lots more room at the bottom of the bell curve, & "normal" is over-rated anyway.

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    Re: Do red nostrils mean anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Betadine (applied with a Q-tip) is fine, or Vetericyn (a water-based topical antiseptic gel safe for reptile use). Not sure what is available where you are...?
    Some other products are OK for minimal snake use too (like Neosporin, but that & many things are petroleum-based & can mess up scales/shedding on snakes if
    not used very sparingly, & you never use the "pain relief" versions designed for humans on snakes either, it can harm them.)
    I only have betadine (a new one that Iíve never used), I donít know what Vetericyn is. Iíd prefer not to use any products that we 'humans' use, I wouldnít risk it.


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    Re: Do red nostrils mean anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Yes, the dark red dot between his nostrils appears to be sore from rubbing/pushing his snoot on something. They don't always do stuff when you're watching,
    could be after you go to bed at night, as that's when they get more active & hunt. Yes, could be pushing the cover on rhp, or most anything.
    Iím usually awake when he comes out of a night. The viv is in my room, I just watch tv whilst heís slithering about. (Itís 1:20am here).
    I wouldnít say he does this constantly through out the time heís out, but I do see him go up to the rhp a few times during the night. When I see him do it I turn the temps down.

    Should I still put some betadine on him? I donít know how to apply it, Iíve never used it before.




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    Re: Do red nostrils mean anything?

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    ...Should I still put some betadine on him? I donít know how to apply it, Iíve never used it before....
    Yes, just dab a little on that spot with a Q-tip, maybe once or twice a day while it's healing. Hope he stops damaging it.
    Many friends in low places...

    Lots more room at the bottom of the bell curve, & "normal" is over-rated anyway.

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    Re: Do red nostrils mean anything?

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    Yes, just dab a little on that spot with a Q-tip, maybe once or twice a day while it's healing. Hope he stops damaging it.
    Does it soak in after itís applied?

    Iím looking at getting a bigger viv (currently itís a 3ft viv), would be going up to a 4ft viv and hopefully I can find one were the heat source can be put out on the outside & a grid at the top of the viv.


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    Betadine is watery...dab it on lightly, & let it dry. Yes, maybe a bigger enclosure, & heat (out of reach) on the outside would help.
    Many friends in low places...

    Lots more room at the bottom of the bell curve, & "normal" is over-rated anyway.

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