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Asked October 18, 2019, 3:29 PM EDT

My ball python leo (normal python, male) is over 1yr of age. He has been shedding for 6 months straight and eating three fuzzies rats every week and still is hungry. Once we get his shed off, hours later a new one starts. What should we do?

Blount County Tennessee

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. If your snake has been shedding continuously for six months, you need to take it to a reptile vet to be examined. You may have a mite problem, or the snake may be injured. A veterinarian can give your snake a thorough examination and recommend appropriate treatment.

Jim

What do mites look like?

Mites are very small. They look like tiny black, sometimes red, dots crawling on the snake, bedding or on your hands after you've handled your snake. You can usually find them around the eyes, in labial pits and in the fold of skin under the lower jaw. There are more than 200 species of mites and ticks that prey on snakes and other reptiles. If your snake does have mites, your veterinarian will be able to identify the species and recommend treatment.

Here's a link to an article on reptile mites in Reptiles Magazine:

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Snakes/Snake-Health-101/Causes-Prevention-and-Treatment-of-Snake-Mites-Acariasis/

I hope this information helps, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim