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Old 06-01-17, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help! Odd scales?

So my new ball python came in and he has some odd looking scales on his face. At first I assumed he still needed to shed them, but I've had him for 3 weeks now and they haven't changed. I don't think it looks like scale rot, but I'm not very experienced so I don't really know. The scales look dry and they are dull and wrinkly. He doesn't seem bothered by them as he eats perfectly well, but it still worries me. Any ideas?
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Old 06-02-17, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help! Odd scales?

Reminded me of a blister that had deflated, so I did some searching...vesicular dermatitis perhaps?


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So my new ball python came in and he has some odd looking scales on his face. At first I assumed he still needed to shed them, but I've had him for 3 weeks now and they haven't changed. I don't think it looks like scale rot, but I'm not very experienced so I don't really know. The scales look dry and they are dull and wrinkly. He doesn't seem bothered by them as he eats perfectly well, but it still worries me. Any ideas?
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Re: Help! Odd scales?

It could be a remnant of blister disease though personally I have never seen a snake with the blisters forming on the head alone. Deflated blisters and a certain superficial fungal infection can look a little alike though, you could carefully clean it with hydrogen peroxide and see if starts to clear up with shedding. If it does not change you could consider a vet visit in the future. Also, are there still scales there? It almost looks like skin without scales but that could be the picture.
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He still has scales, they just aren't normal looking. I'll do more research and try to take him to the vet. Thanks.
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