Snake resting different then normal

Asked March 24, 2020, 1:06 AM EDT

I’ve had my ball python for 2 years and recently he started resting very weird in his cave where his head is slight tilted on a angle never seen him do it so it could be normal but I’ve never seen him also I moved around his enclosure and changed it a bit last week around when it started. I could just be paranoid I just want to make sure.

Outside United States

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Pythons and other snakes sometimes rest in the position you reference. If the snake adopts this position on a regular basis, it can be an indication of a fatal viral infection called Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) that affects boids. One of the possible indications of the disease is a behavior referred to as "stargazing", where the snake holds its head vertically, as if looking up at the stars.

I am not a veterinarian, and it's impossible to determine if there is something wrong with your snake based solely on your description. I recommend you take your snake to a reptile veterinarian. They will be able to determine if your snake has this disease or some other disorder.

Here is a link to information on IBD:

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Reptile-Health/Snake-Inclusion-Body-Disease/

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

Jim