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Old 10-20-2011, 06:19 AM
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My female ball python is having a very difficult shed. She will not eat naturally and is dry and wrinkled. I have misted her as often as possible but apart from flakes of skin here and there nothing is happening. I read about soaking her but am not sure how to do this safely. She is not mad about water and when i dip her gets out asap. Please advise what you guys suggest.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:41 AM
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Put a little water in your bath tub, about 85 degrees and drop her in and let her swim around. Don't be alarm if she freaks out, unless the water is too hot, then be alarmed, but if she freaks out cause she doesn't like the water, leave her in. She'll eventually calm down and either take to swimming or wrap herself around the drain plug and sit and soak.

She could also be dehydrated. That's what it sounds like to me. Make sure she drinks plenty of water.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:11 AM
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Lucy is not too fond of water, either. I have a heck of a time helping her shed. I usually will hold her gently under the sink in the bathroom and she will do some crawling around. But she will eventually calm down a bit and it's easier.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:44 AM
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Thanks tonight she baths like it or not. For interest how do you make a snake drink? She has a bowl of fresh water but i have never seen her drink from it. She loves the misting though and raises her head and soakes it up.
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:31 PM
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Queenie drinks from her bowl usually late at night, and I've only caught her doing it a few times.

The advice on bathing is spot on just remember 85F not 85C....big difference...lol

If you find she won't calm in a bath the use a bucket and put a lid on it that covers most of the top.....and sit there with the snake, don;t wander off of the snake may do the same.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:59 PM
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Guys,
Its Funny watching them drink there water!! you have to wonder how they are able to drink water with there touges!!
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:42 AM
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It is really cute! I have only caught Lucy a time or two drinking and when she notices I am there, she will stop and look sheepishly around. Like, "she caught me!" LOL.
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:29 AM
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I saw her lapping up water while i misted her yesterday. Most of shed came off last night but today is bath time anyway.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:20 PM
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If you look up a guy on youtube called Viperkeeper he has his "hot" snakes drinking out of a water battle , he just sprays their heads and they drink, amazing to watch.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:46 AM
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The bath went well and did the trick. My female does not like the water though and went crazy to get out until she just relaxed. My male loved it and swam lengths of the bath and did not want to get out. At least the shed problem is sorted out. Thanks
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