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    Question Skin Check Help

    Hello!
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    I've only had my snake for a 2 weeks, and after many days of research of all the things that can go wrong I have definitely scared myself. When we first got him, we noticed he had some patches on his skin like it was partially shedding. After handling him a little more, I've felt / seen more rough patches and I'm wondering if its anything to worry about or if its just something they get. I just fed him a couple days ago and he ate just fine. I have him in a glass tank, making sure my temps are around 80 ambient air and around 60% humidity with a digital thermometer/hydrometer. I change his water dish daily, and use a mix of eco earth and cypress mulch. I know BPs are notorious for not eating for long periods of time, so I'm hoping him eating the first time around means I'm doing a good job of keeping him comfortable. He is hiding during the day and active at night like normal. I don't see any bubbles or anything coming from his mouth / nose like I've read about. No dots or possible mites on his underside.

    I've added photos, hoping it's nothing serious and maybe I just need to bathe him or something simple.
    Thank you in advance!!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/YuuGhQGjLw1CT2Cm9
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    Skin Check Help

    First pic looks maybe like scar tissue from a minor burn? Other two donít look like much and may go away with a shed. How are you heating the cage and how is the heating element being regulated?


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    Re: Skin Check Help

    I second the scarring on the first picture. It doesn't look sore or anything which is good. It looks healed to me. I'd wait and see what happens with his next shed, he looks young.

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    Re: Skin Check Help

    I use a 25W blue light during the day just to keep the ambient temp on one side since I live in a hot area, we always have our A/C and fan on, but he's usually just in his hide. The light hangs over the cage so no contact with it or the dome. Then a UTH at night with a thermostat / probe regulating the temp. We noticed the first patch and the spot on his head the day we got him.

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    Re: Skin Check Help

    Second the scarring and the little piece on the head looks like stuck shed to me. I wouldn't worry too much since everything looks healed but keep an eye on it through the next shed. Make sure you bump the humidity up a bit when you see him go in blue.
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