Common Snake Illnesses | Pet Snakes

Common Snake Illnesses | Pet Snakes

Some of the more common illnesses that occur
in our pet snakes are actually things that we can avoid. One of the most common is burns. You should never use a heat rock, as a heat
source for a snake because it’s a focal heat, and you can’t control it. And as these snakes, since they’re cold-blooded,
if you have a central area for the heat what they’ll do is wrap around that heat rock and
get burned, and you can have severe, severe burns. So never use a heat rock for a heat source. Also, be very careful that your heat sources
above are separated with a screen or a spacer, because they’ll get up close and actually
burn themselves that way. That is probably one of the most common. Equally common is getting bitten by their
food. That is one of the reasons why you really
should not feed live mice to your snake or if you do, you need to be right there monitoring
and if that snake doesn’t eat the mouse within a few minutes you need to take it out. You need to monitor. The reason why is if this guy’s not hungry
and he doesn’t have an area to go. He’s in a terrarium, the mouse is in there
as well and the mouse is scared to death. Trying to find a place to hide, very defensive
and literally, there’s no food in there for him. They’ll actually start to chew on the snake. It’s very common and we’ve actually had them
where they’re severe through the skin, down into the muscle. So it’s a very, very serious problem. Easy way of controlling it? Feed frozen or pre-killed baits. Another one I’d like to talk about, especially
in relationship to our pythons, is a disease called Inclusion Body Disease. It’s a retrovirus. It’s a viral disease. They can incubate it for sometimes months,
so it’s very, very important that if you get a new python or boa constrictor or any snake
really, that it be quarantined for three to six months. And I know that sounds like a long time, but
especially with these guys they can incubate the Inclusion Body Disease and it’s always
deadly. So it’s not a little thing. You should keep your new snake away from your
other snakes. You should handle and take care of your healthy
snakes first, so you don’t carry the virus on you to your healthy snakes. Everybody who cares so much, they want to
go take care of their sick ones and then go take care of their healthy ones. It’s the exact opposite, take care of the
good guys, they don’t have any disease. and then you go take care of the snakes that
you have in quarantine. They should be separate in a clean, sterilizable
area. Inclusion Body Disease, this virus will start
with infections in the mouth and it actually goes to the central nervous system, and the
snakes will seizure. They won’t right themselves, if you turn them
on their back and then eventually die. It’s contagious, so therefore remember it
is very important to properly quarantine your new snakes, and there are a few illnesses
that we need to be aware of with our pet snakes.

Randy Schultz

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21 thoughts on “Common Snake Illnesses | Pet Snakes

  1. Logan Piper says:

    First Comment

  2. Femmianne Vermaak says:

    Second comment

  3. علي عبدالرحمن says:

    التعليق الثالث 🙂

  4. brandon smith says:

    thanks for teaching things like python

  5. jasidri lee says:

    Is that snake sleep

  6. Ginny Weed says:

    my girlfriends 8 foot python got pneumonia and we had to swab the mucus out of her mouth scariest thing i ever did

  7. Leon Tiger says:

    It has a respiratory infection,

  8. 1softkiss says:

    Glad to see someone covering IBD !!!

  9. Zach says:

    Haha, my albino ball made friends with a rat.

  10. water2chick says:

    Oh my gosh that albino corn was GORGEOUS!

  11. Savannahmrowl says:

    can these illnesses in pet snakes spread to pet cats dogs or other animals?

  12. Murderdolls Legend says:

    Dude that's not true information that's a 100% lie coming for you anyway the only way for other snakes to get the IBD is to a healthy one in other snakes cage that already has it

  13. Roasty Toasty says:

    My Royal Python died to a seizure about 10 minutes ago but he still seems to be slightly alive because his body is still responsive to touch however the eyes are non-responsive and his head is limp. I don't know what to do ??

  14. Sapphiresenthiss says:

    Sadly, IBD is still the most dangerous one, as it required VERY long quarantine, and even up to one year of it doesn't 100% work, especially in boas.

  15. Will H. says:

    my pet garter snake is having seizures/muscle spasms, please help!

  16. nikhil sinha says:

    What happens if my snake starts to eat itself?

  17. Moizzuddin Rizwan says:

    what would some very EARLY signs of IBD look like?

  18. Dan Kerns says:

    Use a thermostat with a heatrock and they work great but don't just use one unregulated cuz yes they will burn the hell out of themself

  19. Yazes Vey says:

    our PET? snakes

  20. Brandon Caley says:

    These people never give good info please find a better source for advice

  21. Bobbatron808 says:

    Danger noodle looked camera shy

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