How Do You Treat Ticks And Mites On Pet Snakes?
Mites and ticks cause serious problems in captive reptiles. If left untreated, they consume enough blood to cause a life-threatening case of anemia. Mites and ticks transmit pathogens such as roundworms and bacteria that cause pneumonia, mouth rot and inclusion body disease, a fatal viral infection of snakes. Learn how to prevent, detect and treat mites and ticks to keep your snake healthy. Wash the snake enclosure weekly with hot, soapy water. Ventilate the enclosure and avoid warm, damp conditions. Use commercial mite preventatives such as Provent-A-Mite, which is available at the Pro Products website. Quarantine new reptiles for a month and observe for mites and ticks. Have your new snake examined by a veterinarian and all snakes examined yearly. Avoid particulate floor coverings like gravel and corncob material, which provide hiding places for mites and their eggs. Use a magnifying glass to check for mites, which appear as black or red dots in skin folds, along the lower jaw and ar