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    s3.gif s5.gif s3.gif s5.gif s3.gif s3.gif s5.gif s5.gif s3.gif cwm23.gif Just when I thought things were getting better, it got worse again. I don't know if he just has very, very, very bad luck or If I'm just the worse father in the world!!! He's no longer shaking, the RI is just about gone and now he has scale rot, I think. He was in the middle of shed awhile ago, so I sprayed him down quite a bit and kept the humidity high to help him shed. Well, he shed in shreds!! I also noticed that bits and pieces where still attached to his body and head. So I continued to spray him, and soak him hoping that he would eventually get the shed off on his own. Well, he did get it off of his body, but not his head. Finally, after a week of waiting and continued spraying and keeping very high humidity, I used a wet washcloth and wetted down his head and lightly rubbed his head with the damp washcloth to get the remaining shed off and I noticed the hind end of his tail was a rust color and a couple of scales were swallen, in fact one of them popped while I was checking him out. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW!!!!!! I am so worried about this little guy!!! He has gone through so much these last several months!!! He still has not eaten, though I don't blame him!! I read the section in the home remedies for scale rot for boas. Would the same policy apply for balls, or is there some other steps I need to take. b4.gif b4.gif cwm25.gif cwm21.gif s3.gif s3.gif :'( :'(

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    Re: Possible scale rot

    HI,
    If it is scale rot clean the cage and replace the substrate with clean newspaper , this will help prevent infection. reduce the humidity in the cage sheeding is the least of your worries now , only offer small water dishes to prevent accidental soaking if he turns over the dish.
     When my python had scale rot it didn't just turn color's the skin came off like a burn or blissters this resulted in a secondary infection that required antibiotics and topical creams similar to  burn cream they use in the hospitials to prevent infections bacterial and fungal ,, in the open sore.  Good luck a vet visit may be in order if this dosen't cause immedate improvment.
      All the problems your having may be species related thats why I sort of gave up keeping pythons... hehe : :P
     doug
     

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    • #3
      Re: Possible scale rot

      As soon as I realized that he had scale rot, I cleaned the entire tank, put in fresh newspaper (which is all I use any how) replaced the water dish with something smaller that he can't soak in (I taped it to the wall so that he can't spill it out) and cleaned him up. I'm doing like it says on Clay's home remedies, cleaning him with a 50/50 hydrogen peroxide/water mix and applying neosporin to the infected area. I've increase the temps to above 90 and keeping the humidity down low, around 40%. I don't know, if it is species related, I still feel sorry for the poor guy!!!

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      • #4
        Re: Possible scale rot

        HI,
        What I meant by species related is that pythons can have problems boa's can be a little more resilant and forgiving .. Ive never had a real problem with any of my adult boa's. Of course I am taking better care of them than when I kept those BP"S a few years ago.. Didn't know enough at the time... geezee.. :P
        doug

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        • #5
          Re: Possible scale rot

          Yeah, I've noticed that my boas are quite a bit more resiliant than my BP. Hopefully he'll snap out of it. I really don't like seeing him this way!!!

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          • #6
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            Does anybody of any pix of scale rot in the many stages. I'm worried that he's not getting any better!!!! :'( :-/ First he looks like he's getting better, then his underbelly looks even worse, then it looks like it's drying out and getting better, then worse again. I can't tell if I'm helping him or not. I'm doing what Clay says on his home remedies section. Washing him with soap and water. Then rubbing him down with a hydrogen peroxide/water 50/50 mix, then covering the entire section with neosporin. But it doesn't seem to be doing much of anything. How long does it generally take to heal? Or at least start looking better. His lower scales are starting to come off all the way down to the meat!! I feel so sorry for the poor guy, I know he has to be so uncomfortable!!!!! I've raised the heat and lowered the humidity, I don't know what else to do at this point, but to continue to do what I'm doing. If he doesn't start getting better soon, a Vet visit is most definantly in order.

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            • #7
              Re: Possible scale rot

              i couldnt find anything on that i used to have a site on it but lost it.ill keep lookin

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              • #8
                Re: Possible scale rot

                Anything you can find would be helpful!!!!!!! :'( :'( :'( :-/ :-[ :'( :'(

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                • #9
                  Re: Possible scale rot

                  heres a place i found on how to treat it, couldnt find any pics though.ill be looking for some more places

                  http://www.choicereptiles.com/htmls/...asesnakes1.htm

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                  • #10
                    Re: Possible scale rot

                    I don't know what you've used at this point, but the worst areas should be treated with Neosporin or Polysporin. The normal kind without the pain reliever. You should also put down paper towel plain white with no ink and change it every single day. When you have scale rot you should never use a substrate with ink. It is very important. My baby sister received a BP that had scale rot and the local vet said newspaper was okay for the substrate unless the snake is sick and then the inks will weaken the immune system. Good luck because we had to cover the entire body with Neosporin daily and went through alot of paper towels. cwm15.gif

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                    • #11
                      Re: Possible scale rot

                      Right now I am using newspaper to line the cage with, but if you feel that papertowels would be better, I'll start using that. I've been using the neosporin on the lower half and using the hydrogen peroxide on most the entire underside. How long did it take before the scalerot started to clear up? It's been about two weeks since I noticed the rot and started treating it.

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                      • #12
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                        I would definately switch to plain white paper towels until it's totally cleared up. I was told by others that the newspaper would be fine, but I went by the vets instructions. It was cleared up after two full shed cycles which was approximately 2 months. We stopped treating the skin after about 5 weeks. We gave her warm baths the water being cool to touch every day followed by the neosporin and while the snake was bathing we changed the paper towel. Good luck with it and please keep me posted. I always like to hear success stories.

                        Peace! b23.gif

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                        • #13
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                          Wow, two months!!! OK, I guess it takes a bit longer than I suspected. Hey, when you were cleaning yours, did you notice lots of little scales comming off on your hands? I've noticed that everytime I clean him and his cage out, there are lots of little clear scales all over the place and all over my hands. Some are perfectly clear, some are brown, but still pretty much clear. The brown ones are from the sides and upper part of his body, the clear ones are from the bottom of his body. Now, I know that his last shed was absolutly horrible and in complete shreds, could that just be shed scales that didn't come off during the shed process, or could that be signs of something much worse? Don't worry, I'll keep everyone posted on his process.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Possible scale rot

                            Yeah I had the same thing with the little scales. The vet told me it was the dead ones just dropping off. Normal sheds everything comes off, but when there is scale rot it peels so different. The little scales are nothing to worry about as long as the rest of the process is going okay. cwm15.gif

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                            • #15
                              Re: Possible scale rot

                              Kool, I was worried about that. Thanks for your help and all the info!!!!! cwm15.gif

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