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    Question Nose rub on a new BP

    Hello! I have a few snakes and recently added some ball pythons to our home. While I have some experience, it has been some time since I worked with these lovely creatures and is my first foray into owning my own, a long time dream come true.

    One of my new additions, a female super mojave we have named Ranier, arrived to us with a raw patch on her nose. It appeared mostly healed so we kept an eye but she went into shed immediately and it looked much worse after. Due to the proximity to her mouth, tongue, and heat pits, I am a little hesitant on how I might be able to assist her and would welcome any advice.

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    ~ 1 week after shed:


    She lives in a rack setup identical to our other BPs. Her water crock and hides were triple checked for no rough edges before she arrived but I'd be happy to provide any images that may help.

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    While it might have happened during shipping, I'd first be talking to the source I bought the snake from. And you did say it appeared mostly healed, which suggests it happened well before the animal was shipped & therefore should have been disclosed by the seller. It's pretty hard to miss such damage on a snake that one handles to ship, especially when it's right on their nose. The snake probably rubbed her nose trying to escape.

    As far as what you can do (other than returning the snake or other adjustment with the source), if it looks bad enough, a vet visit might be in order, but for most superficial scrapes, I'd suggest Vetericyn ointment for reptiles- it's water-based (unlike topical ointments made for humans that can really mess with a snake's skin & future sheds, & those with "pain relief" are toxic to them as well), OR, you can use Betadine (povidone-iodine) diluted to resemble weak tea, which can be dabbed on several times a day with a Q-tip while it heals up.

    Snakes with injuries- even minor ones- can be expected to shed more frequently- that's how they make repairs, rather than just to that specific area the way we do. And unfortunately, every time they shed, it can make the injury look worse for a while when the old "scab" gets torn away- so be very patient. Wound healing for a snake is sorta like "2 steps forward & 1 step back"- it can take a while.

    This doesn't look too bad but it might also impact the snake's willingness to eat for a while- though if you just got the snake, it's best to wait a week or 2 anyway before offering. Also, the extra handling to medicate the snake may impact the snake's appetite. Long term, the snake might have a minor scar from this, but being a white snake, scars on snakes are usually whitish or faintly pink so that should be the least of your worries.
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    Re: Nose rub on a new BP

    Thank you for the reply! We love her personality so we don't intend to return her to the seller though we are trying to get a history on the injury. I deeply appreciate your recommendation on product, that had been my hesitation. Thank you!

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    BTW, in that second photo, is that a loose tooth hanging on her lower jaw? Or just debris? Probably gone by now anyway, whatever it was. She looks like a sweetheart- I'm glad you're fully committed to her.
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    Re: Nose rub on a new BP

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    BTW, in that second photo, is that a loose tooth hanging on her lower jaw? Or just debris? Probably gone by now anyway, whatever it was. She looks like a sweetheart- I'm glad you're fully committed to her.
    Just a piece of aspen, I noticed it when I took and reviewed the photo but she was done sitting still for pictures and it showed what was needed. She only really cooperates for photos showing her face straight out of the tub, after that she either cuddles up or looks for adventures.
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    Yeah, snakes aren't usually cooperative "models"- You did well, all things considered.
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