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    Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

    Hi guys! My ball python's back neck part has some brown dots, looks like some injure on the scale? Some scales look like being peeled up a little(Sorry, English is not my first language, not sure how to describe it) . It happened before, I always thought it's because he rubs his head? But I'm still kind of worried. He's a very shy snake, I have him for around 2 years I remember. For the last few months he suddenly does not eat. last week he starts to eat again so I was so happy, but I'm so worried about his scale. Is this some kind of disease or because he rub his head/neck? His all other scale parts of his body are fine, it's always the head and back neck. Thank you so much!



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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

    Quote Originally Posted by alice40604345 View Post
    Hi guys! My ball python's back neck part has some brown dots, looks like some injure on the scale? Some scales look like being peeled up a little(Sorry, English is not my first language, not sure how to describe it) . It happened before, I always thought it's because he rubs his head? But I'm still kind of worried. He's a very shy snake, I have him for around 2 years I remember. For the last few months he suddenly does not eat. last week he starts to eat again so I was so happy, but I'm so worried about his scale. Is this some kind of disease or because he rub his head/neck? His all other scale parts of his body are fine, it's always the head and back neck. Thank you so much!


    How long ago did he shed? I notice this with my lighter colored snakes right before they shed sometimes.


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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

    Quote Originally Posted by ReptileRant View Post
    How long ago did he shed? I notice this with my lighter colored snakes right before they shed sometimes.


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    Thank you! He shed two weeks ago. When he shed, I only spot one or two brown dots there, no scale was peeled up, now it gets more. It happened before but I always thought it's just because he rub his head..
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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

    Quote Originally Posted by alice40604345 View Post
    Thank you! He shed two weeks ago. When he shed, I only spot one or two brown dots there, no scale was peeled up, now it gets more. It happened before but I always thought it's just because he rub his head..
    Ok, do you use a screen lid on your cage and do you have anything rough in his cage? Also if you feed live a rat may have scratched him.


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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

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    Ok, do you use a screen lid on your cage and do you have anything rough in his cage? Also if you feed live a rat may have scratched him.


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    I use sterilite cage and I don't think there's something very hard or sharp there, and I feed them frozen rat, so I feel so weird.

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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

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    I use sterilite cage and I don't think there's something very hard or sharp there, and I feed them frozen rat, so I feel so weird.
    Hmm, yea that is strange. What type of substrate do you use?


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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

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    Hmm, yea that is strange. What type of substrate do you use?


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    Thanks! I use reptile prime.

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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

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    Thanks! I use reptile prime.
    Ok, well just make sure it isnít to wet. It should be somewhat damp, but not soaked. There is a very small possibility that it is scale rot, but that normally happens on the snakes belly.


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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

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    Ok, well just make sure it isnít to wet. It should be somewhat damp, but not soaked. There is a very small possibility that it is scale rot, but that normally happens on the snakes belly.


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    Thank you so much! So I don't need to worry about like parasite or some inner disease right? The cage makes the humidity always around 70%. I thought it may be kind of too high, but since they shed and eat well so I didn't lower it. Maybe I should drill more holes?

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    Re: Help~my ball python neck scale does not look right

    Mine gets this sometimes when he starts to grow out of his hide. He starts lifting it with his head instead of exiting the hole a quick hide upgrade and shed solves the issue for me.

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