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    Bathing Ball Python? Rodent blood on Snake

    Hello, I am a new member of this forum and I have received my first ball python about a week ago (April 14th). I tried feeding her four days after I got her since she seemed comfortable in her enclosure and it lined up with her old breeders feeding schedule.

    She was on live mice so I tried frozen thawed and she striked fairly quickly but the rodent had kind of popped. She managed to get blood on her head and I hoped it would just wear away but it has managed to dry up on her head. So I wasnít sure if I should just wait for her to shed and see if it comes off then or bathe her. I havenít had her for long so I donít want to stress her out too much by bathing her. Any feedback would be appreciated thank you!

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    Re: Bathing Ball Python? Rodent blood on Snake

    Here is a photo of her
    Last edited by CJai; 04-22-2021 at 04:54 PM. Reason: photo reference

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    Personally, I wouldn't advise "bathing her" but do take a spray bottle with plain water & "rain on her head" some, then gently wipe it off with a bit of toweling. Not a big deal, but I'd clean it off- just wait a good 2 days from when she ate, so in case this upsets her anyway, she'll be unlikely to barf up her meal.
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    Re: Bathing Ball Python? Rodent blood on Snake

    Congrats on your new BP and it's a great sign that she is eating

    I agree with what Bogertophis suggested! Damp paper towel would be the best way to go.

    BPs are stressed by baths because they hate the sensation of losing traction in the water. I'd only recommend baths for 3 scenarios:

    1. Dehydration
    2. Stuck shed
    3. Constipation

    If you want to avoid handling her for now I've also found snakes are surprisingly good at cleaning themselves up if you give them some time. You might find that most of the blood has crumbled off after a few more days as they'll rub on stuff in the enclosure to get it off (just make sure you clean the enclosure regularly).

    Also, to avoid popping or bleeding F/T rodents, it helps to thaw the food slowly (~2-3 hours out of the fridge or a day inside the fridge) and then heat it up by submerging it in warm water or using a hair dryer. Heating up a rodent too quickly (e.g. straight from freezer to warm water) increases the chances the rodent will bleed, or worse, explode!

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