Ok, so I feel absolutely wretched. My roommate's cat jumped on top of my snake cage on Sunday night, braking the screen, and letting my snake out. Looking for a dark warm place he decided to coil up in the heater. When we turned the heat on in the morning, I heard hissing and screaming from the heat vent. Instantly I knew what was going on, without even being able to see him, and turned the heat off as fast as I could. I ripped the heater off the wall and pulled him off the heating coil. It was not a pretty sight, a LARGE amount of skin damage had been afflicted. I scrambled for my phone and called the vet, threw him under my shirt against my body to keep him warm, and rushed him to the vet. The doctor took him in the back to clean him up and look at his wounds, when the doctor came back he said that the majority of the burns were second degree and the burns were over his entire belly and an entire side of his 5 foot body. The doctor gave the snake an injection of fluids, and instructed me to do the same every three days. He also gave me an antibacterial prescription soap, Nolvasan Skin and Wound Cleanser, to wash him with daily, and silver sulfadiazine also to be applied daily. The doctor to told me to change his substrate to newspaper and maybe a towel to keep him comfortable, and to replace with new paper every day. The vet said that the snake was burned very badly, but that he should be alright as long as I follow his instructions. I brought my snake home, and changed his tank appropriately and placed him inside it. He was barely moving at all. The next morning, I bathed as instructed, the snake felt very limp, but I seemed to sense a tiny bit of muscle resistance and I think he may have flicked his tongue at me (but maybe I was seeing/feeling what I wanted to feel). I put him back in his tank after changing his bedding, and he did not move at all yesterday. I began fearing last night that maybe he wasn't alive because of the lack of movement. I took him out of his cage this morning once again to bathe, clean, and cleanse his wounds, and once again very limp, I was holding his head from being underwater. Once again I feel like I felt some muscle resistance to my movements, but it might be in my imagination... My dilemma... Am I taking care of a dead snake? He was about to shed when he got burned, and I know that ball pythons become fairly immobile during this time, and I know reptiles can put themselves in a suspended state. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn't want to move or exert energy either. Any suggestions? Is he in a suspended state where breathing and heart beat are limited? or is he dead? God this is a terrible situation to be in. Thank you so for your help.