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RE: Northern Water Snakes and Mites

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Posted by: liljenni at Sat May 29 03:08:41 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by liljenni ]  
   

Hi,Hey Iv'e caught literally hundreds of northern water snakes when I lived in Virginia.Just for fun as a kid,for sport and to scare the hell out of folks there as most people there believed them to be copperheads or water moccosins.I have never seen any mites on them or ticks for that matter and they do have ticks in the woods there.I caught all sorts of snakes there and none ever had mites.I'm not an expert.The first mites I ever saw were on a cylonese python.What I'm driving at is I dont think these guys normally get mites so if they did it might not be so great.I have been told that NIX head lice killer safely wipes them out,a dilute solution in water.I can not remember the mix so you better ask someone else that.or maybe a few folks its something like 1oz nix to either a quart or a gallon of water,someone here will know.dont let em drink it.i.e.take out the water bowl.I personally dont use poison and dont recomend it at all.I've gotten rid of mites on lots of imported snakes just by keeping them in easy to clean tanks.Keeping them on terry-cloth and a tub they can soak in.Mites drownd,all the time feeding them as much as they will eat.This helps make up for lost blood and hopefully gets them to shed thier skin quickly.All the mites come off then,if keep an eye out you can remove the snake from its house just before it sheds to a damp pillowcase,thoroughly clean it's house and return the snake after it sheds-mites GONE.Good luck jenni/


   

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