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RE: Rubber Boa Turning White

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Posted by: RichardFHoyer at Mon May 26 23:47:44 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by RichardFHoyer ]  
   

Randon:
You haven't provided enough detail in order to assess your situation. All I can say is that Rubber Boa scales turning white is not normal. After injury, replacement skin and scales with be white before total healing has taken place. But as the healing continues, such new skin and scales will become pigmented. In the case of burns and some major injuries, scales will often become pigmented black as well as brown.

How large is your specimen? Was it captive bred from the wild and if the latter, from what state or region?

When did this phenomena begin happening or did the snake have some white scales when received? What percent of the snake's scales have now turned white. If the condition is progressing from few to many scales becoming white, that would suggest some chemical irritant or a pathogen (fungus?) many be the cause. Are the white scales of normal size or are they slightly enlarged or is the tissue beneath the scales somewhat swollen ? Is the boa's skin supple or somewhat dry looking? How do you insure the snake is hydrated?

Give details as to how you are maintaining the specimen. What is the type and size of cage or container in which the snake is housed? What substrate is being used? What temperature(s) and lighting is being used over the 24 hour period?

Richard F. Hoyer

P.S. I can be contacted at charinabottae@earthlink.net


   

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