Snakes

  • We recommend that you bring your new snake in for an initial exam so we can make sure it’s healthy and determine its sex
  • We can share our knowledge of appropriate enclosures, temperature and humidity, lighting, substrates (ground covering), cleaning, and skin shedding
  • Besides having feeding requirements that are species specific, snakes can become stressed and may not eat
  • Although snakes don’t need vaccinations, they can benefit from routine exams and If your snake needs future veterinary attention, we’ll have a baseline to compare against
  • A healthy snake should flick its tongue and be alert and active, showing interest in its environment and its scales should be smooth and dry
  • Snakes can suffer from a variety of diseases, some of which can cause serious respiratory, gastrointestinal, and liver problems
  • They also commonly harbor internal and external parasites, including hookworms, roundworms, mites, and ticks
  • Call us immediately if you notice any of the following signs of illness:
    • vomiting or regurgitation
    • diarrhea
    • loss of appetite or weight
    • weakness or loss of energy
    • wheezing, mucus or bubbling around the nostrils
    • changes around the mouth (inflammation, purplish-red spots, dry and diseased tissue)
    • changes in the skin (reddening, slow-healing sores, swelling, discharge)