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    Wheezing before shedding?

    So my ball python is healthy but is due to shed any minute I noticed his eyes last night were a little cloudy when he popped out of his hide heís been in his cold hide for the past two days (which seems to be his favourite spot) all temps and humidity are fine but today I noticed him wheezing Iíve read this can be normal with shedding but Iím worried as last time he shed I didnít notice him doing this does anyone else have this?
    I dont want to whip him out of his enclosure in a panic and put him in quarantine if itís not anything serious and stress him out :/


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    No one can tell you for certain, but it's most likely normal & will resolve with the shed- even if not, it might be some old shed bits left in his nostrils. -Did you know they shed the outer lining of their nostrils? You want to raise the humidity until he sheds, to make sure everything comes off alright. And after the shed, always check that the tail tip & eye caps shed completely too.
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    If your snake's eyes are "a little cloudy" right now, then he's probably not yet ready to shed. Snakes "go clear" (they stop looking cloudy) right before they're ready to "shed any minute". That's because their body secretes moisture between the old & new skin to facilitate its removal. And that's why a little dehydration in a snake causes such a miserable shed- their body has no water to spare. (It's the moisture that makes the old skin appear to be clear.)
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    Re: Wheezing before shedding?

    So I just got him well let him come out he had a little explore I put my hand out to see if he wanted to come onto me but he didnít so I just let him explore for ten minutes he then went near the wires so I picked him up and redirected him the wheezing isnít as bad as I thought he barely done it at all when out he eyes are just slightly glazed but the last time he shed and was in blue his eyes didnít go really blue either his last shed was perfect full shed no issues at all the night of him shedding he was clicking and wheezing then the next day I found his shed so for now Iím just going to give him a couple of days and see I donít want to overthink and panic and stress him out for no reason Iím a stress head at the best of times so I know I overthink a lot when it comes to both of them


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    Re: Wheezing before shedding?

    Iíve heard tales of Ďwheezingí around the shedding time and they were pieces of the old dry skin vibrating over the nostrils ..




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    Re: Wheezing before shedding?

    His shed was a complete shed I even double checked it today thinking it could be that (I checked his shed as I still have it) his temps are all fine I havnt heard anymore wheezing at all from him heís not showing any other signs no open mouth or mucus heís very head shy and as Iíve heard no more wheezing so fingers crossed it isnít anything


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    Re: Wheezing before shedding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebell_1990 View Post
    His shed was a complete shed I even double checked it today thinking it could be that (I checked his shed as I still have it) his temps are all fine I havnt heard anymore wheezing at all from him heís not showing any other signs no open mouth or mucus heís very head shy and as Iíve heard no more wheezing so fingers crossed it isnít anything


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    Sometimes snakes get a little water or debris in their nostrils that causes some minor noises when breathing also. If it doesn't persist, don't lose sleep over it.
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    Re: Wheezing before shedding?

    Well for now Iím not as worried heís still being himself when Iím doing temps checks and stuff peaky his head out of his hide checking what Iím doing so for now Iím not worried itís the only time Iíve heard it apart from when he last shed the night he was actually shedding I heard it for now everythingís ok Iíll just keep and eye on the breathing


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