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    Ball Python Eye Help

    Hello all,

    I am new to this forum but it looks as I may be able to get some answers to my rescued ball python. A little history, I rescued a female ball python from a abusive owner that didn't "want her anymore because it struck at them". I knew she was abused because of the large 2in scar on her and her poor color. Well I have had her for about 4-5 mo she has shed 2 times in that time. Every time she sheds her eyes are fine but in about 5-7 days they turn glossy and look as in they have puss or fluid under them as if she didn't shed her eye scale. I did go and see a vet her last shed and he said to wait till her next shed to see if her eyes clear up. Well the shed has gone and past and her eyes are glossy again. It does seem to be affecting her eating not being able to see. I am very comfortable with my snakes she is my 2ed ball python. My other one I have had for 6 years and never had problems with. He is the best pet I have ever had and the sweetest snake. I just don't know what to do with her, her last shed SEEMED to have the eye scales in it but her eyes still are giving me trouble.

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    Re: Ball Python Eye Help

    First is this an actual herp vet or just a dog and cat vet that agreed to see the snake? The difference is often critical!
    Its possible that there is a retained lens. My best suggestion to you would be to take a large towel, get it dripping wet and put both it and the snake in a pillowcase, knot the end of the pillow case and leave it over night in the enclosure. The extra moisture should soften any retained lens and allow the snake to rub it off on the towel. If this doesn't remedy the situation I would suggest a trip to a good herp vet.
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    Re: Ball Python Eye Help

    Welcome to the board. Merlin has given some great advice.
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    Re: Ball Python Eye Help

    What he said and welcome to herpcenter.
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    Re: Ball Python Eye Help

    A photograph of the eye would also help us know exactly what you are explaining. It could be several things
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    Welcome aboard, and have a great stay! Whatever Merlin say's, we do! He is 99.99999% correct all the time!
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    He is 99.99999% correct all the time!
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    Lets not put THAT one on me to live up to!:o
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    Re: Ball Python Eye Help

    But its true!

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    Merlin, He's my hero! LOL
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    Re: Ball Python Eye Help

    Thank you for the response Merlin, the vet that i took Athena (my female ball python) to was a reptile vet. He was the local reptile place's vet. I recently took her to another vet that is the "reptile specialist" up in the small town I'm in. He used to be a vet for a local zoo's reptile population. So both vets ive seen have dealt with reptiles and are certified. Dr. Ole the current vet I'm seeing says they are retained caps. He said to put her in a small room with a space heater and humidifier get it 90+ degrees and as much humidity as possible. I have done that also got my hands on a digital thermometer/humidity gauge. It was around 95 degrees and 98-99% humidity for 2 days. I also put her hide log and a towel in a small container for her. Still no luck and still wont eat.


    I kinda got tired of a humid and extremely warm bathroom so
    I made a contraption for both of my snakes tanks with my warm humidifier so the warm humidity would go into their tanks (picture attached) . and some old shirts on top of the tank to keep moisture in. I have taken some pictures of my contraption and her eyes. currently i have 81.2 degrees Fahrenheit and 91% humidity. the top of her head is starting to shed a little but her eyes stay cloudy blue. I am going to continue to see the vet about my issue but I still like 2ed opinions

    Note: sry for poor picture quality this is off my phone

    Note #2: also no need to worry about the sealer i used for my humidifier tubes it is non-toxic and made for aquariums
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