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RE: Zonata Skin Problem

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Posted by: Rick Staub at Mon Feb 6 19:10:26 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Rick Staub ]  
   

I had a similar problem with my black and white zonata the second year I had them. My snakes bounced back quickly once I offerred a moist hide all the time and rigorously kept it cool and moist. Even back when I kept Lz agalma (1990s) and battled "zonata disease" with that subspecies, I never had it on other subspecies. What I witnessed 2 years ago on my black and white zonata was not quite the same as the zonata disease I experienced with agalma. That may be due to subspecies differences for the condition or it simply had not progressed that far yet for my multicincta. Agalma get buffed eye caps and progress to paralysis much quicker.

I believe this is a stress condition and not due to a pathogen. A similar condition can be encountered when they are hibernated too wet also. They get the crinkly skin and shed frequently. Usually though they also have water blisters on their bellies which is likely the cause of the repeated sheds as their skin heals. The blisters are different from dimpling of the scales though. You will need to examine your conditions and whether those are actually blisters on your snakes to determine a corrective action.
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