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Python scale issue

Postby Brussel » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:12 pm

Hi Team,

I have a carpet python about 90cm long and 6 months old. It has this dry patch of scales look on it's head. I thought it would go with the last shed, but is still there, albeit a little better. Is this something I need to be cautious about or will it simply go away?

any help would be appreciated as I don't want any scarring to be permanent.

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Re: Python scale issue

Postby iiviii » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:33 pm

I can't see the marks to well, but is that not by any chance a small injury or are the scales still there?
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Re: Python scale issue

Postby Serpent » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:44 pm

That's usually caused by a previous injury or damaged scale and is a form of scarring.
It may disappear after a few sheds or may remain there for ever.
Obviously if it starts getting worse or spreading you will need to take it to a vet.
You can try soaking it in warm water, those bits might come off but it looks quite scarred to me.
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Re: Python scale issue

Postby iiviii » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:49 pm

That's what I was thinking, also maybe have a look at your enclosure and see where it could have hurt itself. Maybe a sharp edge on a hide where it couldve tried pulling back when it got a fright etc. As serpent said, I wouldn't worry about it unless it starts spreading.

Does your snake seem any different since you've noticed this mark?
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Re: Python scale issue

Postby RJG » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:26 pm

Looks like a burn. Do you have an exposed light bulb in its vivarium?
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Re: Python scale issue

Postby Brussel » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:04 am

Hi all,

I have a ceramic heater that is well protected and I don't think there is anything else in the viv that could be a problem. The scales still seem to be there, but look dry/distorted. perhaps I should try the warm water approach.
will keep an eye on it to ensure that it does not spread.
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Re: Python scale issue

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:11 am

Looks like it is a mechanical injury, like rubbing or scraping. Is he perhaps a male with a female close by?

I doubt it is anything serious though. Just give it a few sheds and it will go away, as long as the source of the injury is also removed.
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