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    Question Missing scales?

    Hello there, I have a Kenyan sand boa, [first time owner] and after she got out of shed, I noticed what looked like scales missing? I have orange sand so at first I thought it was just stuck shed but it isn't. it's closer to her skin than scales and has the look of past scales to them. She has it on her underbelly and on her side, I'm not sure what might have caused this, and if this had happened to someone else, what happened? Is there anything I can do to prevent it? There isn't anything sharp in her enclosure and the temperatures are always constant, she is kept in a 20gal tank. Any ideas?
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    Is there a rock in her tank that she may have scraped on?
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    Re: Missing scales?

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    Is there a rock in her tank that she may have scraped on?
    Yes! But it is made out of plastic and I rubbed my hands all over to see if there were any sharp spots
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    I dunno then, it's hard to say without seeing the issue you're asking about. Post pics if you can.
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    Re: Missing scales?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    I dunno then, it's hard to say without seeing the issue you're asking about. Post pics if you can.
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    I could be way off, but the first thing that came to mind is scale rot or burns, especially if the ones on the sides are the lower part that is coming into contact with the ground. Hope it isn't that.
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    Re: Missing scales?

    Me too! I would feel absolutely horrible, but no worries I would fix it RIGHT AWAY!! Working on the picture now.

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    Re: Missing scales?

    One thing I did notice though is that it didn't appear to be scale rot or burns. I was honestly stumped before I thought that she might have lost scales instead

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