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    Mites??? Please help.

    Just recently I cleaned Deweys tank with the normal routine as suggested by all of the helpful people here when I first got him (I use F10). Everything went fine, and I put the new substrate down and all of that good stuff.

    However since the last cleaning Im noticing deweys entire water bowl is empty in the morning, looks like it was splashed out. I took out the water bowl today and dumped it onto a paper towel, there are some black flecks on it and I am terrified.

    I pulled him out of the tank and checked him myself and as far as I can notice there are no kites near his eye sockets or his heat pits.

    I use Forest Floor by zoomed.

    I will upload pictures in a minute
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    Re: Mites??? Please help.


    Hold on theres a few more
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    Re: Mites??? Please help.

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    Re: Mites??? Please help.

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    Re: Mites??? Please help.

    Im unsure of whether this is from the substrate or the moss. The moss is brand new, but that partcular bag of substrate Ive used before (for the cleaning before this one) and I had no issues. Is it possible that it was in the sphagnum moss??
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    Mites??? Please help.

    Could they possibly just be tiny insects / beetles from the substrate ?

    Id pick the snake up then wipe it down head to tail with a couple of pieces of slightly damp paper towel ..

    If there are any black flecks on the paper ... crush them with your fingernail or the back of a teaspoon and see if its full of blood


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    Where did you purchase the substrate? The big box stores tend to have mite infestations and since the females travel off the snake to lay eggs, it's possible that there were mite eggs in the substrate.


    Otherwise this thread has a lot of useful info about eradicating mites:
    https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...it-with-AaronP

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    Re: Mites??? Please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
    Could they possibly just be tiny insects / beetles from the substrate ?

    Id pick the snake up then wipe it down head to tail with a couple of pieces of slightly damp paper towel ..

    If there are any black flecks on the paper ... crush them with your fingernail or the back of a teaspoon and see if its full of blood


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    Ill try this when I get back home. I thought t was the substrate too its just that Ive used that SPECIFIC bag before because one bag is too big for the tank and havent had a problem. Im just not sure. Its still likely, and maybe its the moss?

    but yes thank you so much, Ill definitely try this out.
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    Re: Mites??? Please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    Where did you purchase the substrate? The big box stores tend to have mite infestations and since the females travel off the snake to lay eggs, it's possible that there were mite eggs in the substrate.


    Otherwise this thread has a lot of useful info about eradicating mites:
    https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...it-with-AaronP

    I belive I did get it from a big chain store I just cant remember which, I should have known bettter but I was in a rush for materials that go around so that was my fault entirely if the bag is infested. Is it possible that even though the first half of the bag had no problems the second half could??

    also thank you! That link is much appreciated. Do they look like mites for sure to you?
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    Re: Mites??? Please help.

    Only this one looks like a possible mite but even that looks kinda beetle shape ..



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