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If my ball python...?

is he getting ready to shed, his eyes havent changed..??

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sits in his water bowl..is he getting ready to shed?? hes been sittin in it til this morning

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Snakes soaking in water can be the result of numerous things. The temperature could be too high, the humidity too low, upset stomach, preparing to shed, or mites. If the temperature and humidity seem appropriate and it has been a while since the snake last ate, then it is either in shed or has mites. Within a week or two the snake's eyes should fog. In the case of mites, look at the water and see if there are any black specks...these would be mites.

    If there are mites, it's not necessarily your fault. Part of the life cycle of a mite involves being airborne. They could've easily found their way to the cage by way of an open window, someone walking through the door, or another pet came in from outside. Any number of things could've brought them in. Luckily there are medications to not only treat the mites but to prevent them from coming back.

    Best of luck to you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Young growing snakes shed about once every 4-6 weeks. Adults may only shed a few times a year. As for the sitting in the water dish, that is usually as sign of mites. Check for small specks moving around on the snakes body and near it's eyes. It could also be that he just wants to be there.

    Source(s): My friend has 4 ball pythons
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  • the first answer is correct. it is also a sign of mites. check him out real close. the are hard to see & usally only see black specks. it you rub it & it craws or donsn't come off it is what she has. these are common & can kill they snake if untreated! hope this helps.

    Source(s): mom of a ball & a corn
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