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    Treating a nose rub injury

    Recently my 1.5 year old ball python has been very active in his enclosure at night, trying to escape. While it's normal for him to cruise at night, he has been very intent on trying to escape lately and is pushing his nose on the lid a lot, so now his nose is rubbed raw

    Is there any medication I can buy for him or should I bring him to a vet for a prescription?

    Also if anyone has any advice on stopping nose rubbing please let me know! He is currently in a 34" long, 15" wide, and 12" tall tub. Here is a quick run through of the husbandry:

    32 gallon tub with a UTH underneath the tub (probe sandwiched between tub bottom and UTH) and a CHE installed on top (like this)
    Both heating sources controlled by Herpstat 2

    1 hide on warm end, 1 on cool end

    Ambient warm end - 81F
    Ambient cool end - 79F
    (measured by digital thermometer)

    Warm end surface temperature - 90F (measured by infrared thermometer)

    He is fed 1 small rat every ~10-14 days.

    Some of my guesses for why this behaviour is occurring are that it's breeding season(?) as he also tried to escape at around this time last year and that his enclosure is too small for him (I have ordered a new 4' x 2' x 18" PVC enclosure which will be arriving in around 2 weeks). Any other thoughts on what could be causing this or what I could change to make him more comfortable in the mean time?

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    Vetericyn gel on the nose rub. It's good for reptile boo-boo's since it's a water-based gel so unlike Triple or Neosporin, which are petroleum-based ointments, it won't cause scale damage. It also dries "dry" so substrate doesn't stick to it and it won't hurt your snake if it happens to ingest some.

    You can try giving him more outside/handling time when you see he's pushing.

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    Thank you! I will buy some right away

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