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My albino corn snake stopped eating over 3 weeks ago and has a small case of scale rot and awizzing sound is he sick

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    Chris May 12, 2014

    Yes , it sounds like your corn snake has a respiratory infection and needs antibiotics prescribed by a VET.

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    Chris May 12, 2014

    The scale rot can be due to unclean / unsanitary enclosure conditions. You need to change the substrate and clean up more often, Scale rot is indicated by the belly scales that appear to be eaten away like a grasshopper eats a leaf edge.

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    Chris May 12, 2014

    If you clean up the enclosure and remove the substrate...place newspapers inside. Treat the scale rot with triple antibiotic ointment fro minor cases. Rub it on with your fingers ...allow the snake only the smallest water bowl to drink from but not soak. keep the snake dry and clean for many weeks until the scales heal and the snake sheds a few times.

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