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Diseases of Snakes

Disease

The main problems that occur in snakes are mouth rot and mites. Fortunately both of these ailments are easily treated. Mouth rot occurs because of an inflammation caused by an infection of the tissues of the mouth. The snake often cannot close his mouth because the gums become tender. Eventually he will stop eating. Sometimes successful treatment comes in treating the infection with antiseptic mouthwash applied with a cotton applicator. A solution of sulfamethiazine is recommended. This should be discussed with your veterinarian first. To control mites you should hang about two inches of a no-pest insecticide strip outside the cage near a ventilation port. Putting it in the cage could be dangerous, as snakes are very vulnerable to toxic substances. If your snake already has mites your local pet shop will have a powder that can be sprinkled on your snake and in the cage and left for a few days. The cage then must be cleaned out completely and washed thoroughly. Make sure if you use a powder that it does not contain any insecticides.

Reproduction

Internal fertilization is necessary with snakes. Most snakes lay eggs with a leathery shell but some do bear living young. After her eggs are laid she goes off paying no attention to her offspring. She does use instinct as to where she lays her eggs in regard to safety, humidity, and temperature. A few snake species do stay with the eggs and offspring such as the cobras who build nests and defend the nest and some of the pythons also stay with their eggs.

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