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RE: Zonata Skin Problem

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Posted by: markg at Tue Feb 7 13:01:27 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

A friend of mine had some yearlings get the "disease." They were in one of his 2 snake rooms. He moved the affected snakes into the 2nd room to get them away from the adults. The 2nd room housed some boas, and the ambient humidity was higher in that room.

The snakes in the more humid room improved quite quickly and eventually were back on track.

Also, I had an agalma from a friend who's adults got zonata disease while my snake was still in his possession. I used a humid hide at my house, and I let my cages get cool at night. My snake never came down with it. My snake's sibling went to someone else and did come down with it.

I think too much dehydration leads to the problem. I think zonata can be tricky that way - too much humidity for too long is not good, and not enough humidity for too long is not good. I think humidity choices in the cage are crucial, unless you live in a zonata-friendly climate.

On that note I know one other guy who lives very close to zonata habitat. He has never seen zonata disease at his house. I think that is no coincidence.

Same with rosyboas. If you live in a rosy-friendly climate, they do well almost no matter what you do. If you do not, it takes more work and more choices in the cage.

Worth a try. I would isolate them from others and then provide humidity choices and as wide a temp range as possible from warm to cool. And let them get cool at night.


   

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