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RE: Northern Water Snakes and Mites

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Posted by: KevinM at Tue Jun 1 10:06:38 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevinM ]  
   

I have never introduced mites in my collection from wild caught snakes I have captured myself. I think it would be hard for water snakes to harbor them to due to their aquatic natures. Mites drown easily in water, and water snakes spend a large amount of time swimming above and below the water in search of food. Still, if you suspect mites you can always do a quarantine treatment. The best product on the market is Provent-A-Mite. Stuff works great. You can spray the inside of the cage and bedding before putting the snake in. Follow the directions and spray lightly. Do it outside as the vapors are dangerous to the snakes. Allow the cage to COMPLETELY dry and fluff the bedding around to make sure it is COMPLETELY dry and no moisture or vapors from the provent a mite is left on any cage surfaces or the bedding. This will kill any adult mites on the snake and the baby mites when any eggs hatch.


   

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