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    Exclamation Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    For the past several weeks, I had noticed my Ball Python had a silvery eye on one side with little cracks near the center. After reading a variety of mixed opinions on the web, I thought taking action was better than doing nothing, so I tried the scotch tape method (after soaking him in the tub for about 15 minutes) to carefully remove what I believed to be a retained eye cap.

    A fairly clear, round eye cap came off and his eye looked the normal shiny black color. The following day, I noticed his belly is the pinkish hue and his skin is dull so he is getting ready to shed. What concerns me is that his eye is a fairly dull gray color, which is different from his usual "in the blue."

    What does this sound like? Something to be really concerned about? I called my local vet and they cannot work him in to be checked.

    Any help would be most appreciated!

    I am sorry, I do not have a picture to post either.






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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    Okay. It sounds like an eyecap. Now that he is getting ready to shed again you need to MAKE SURE your humidity is at 75% so he doesn't have any more issues. When he is done shedding (it should be one complete skin, instead of pieces) check for eyecaps and the tip of the tail on the shed. If something is retained again, don't use the scotch tape, as that can seriously damage their eyes. Instead put the snake and a damp towel into an old pillowcase, tie the end of the pillowcase shut, and leave it in the snake's enclosure overnight. The dampness plus the mild abrasiveness of the towel should help remove any pieces of stuck shed.
    Hopefully after this shed his eye will go back to normal.
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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    Thank you for the reply! I definitely will not do it again.

    I thought I was helping him because I had read all the horror stories about how retained eye caps cause blindness and now I'm worried is eye is going to fall out or something.

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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    That sort of thing happens if the eyecap stays on and usually when it builds up multiple sheds. Your snake is fine right now, but if you didn't change your husbandry to help him shed the eye cap off, that would be when things start getting bad. But don't worry, you caught it and are fixing it. Maru has had a stuck eye cap or two in our early days of caring for him, but his vision is a-okay!
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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    Yeah a lot of info on the web can be very confusing. What I love about this site is there are so many people who've been keeping herps longer than I've been alive, and keeping them successfully. His eye won't fall out, don't worry. Just give him some space while he's in shed (they are at their most vulnerable while in shed and just after feeding), and make sure he has plenty of humidity.
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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    See the attachment for how the bad eye is looking...his other eye is clearly in the blue and he's getting ready to shed. Do you still think he will shed this off and be alright?
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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    Leave him alone until after he sheds. Make sure the humidity is bumped up and see how he is after. There's not much you can do until he's done shedding.
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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    Hi All,

    My ball shed and here's what the eye looks like now (see attachment). I think it looks a lot better than it did, but its still not 100%. Is this something that should be back to normal in a couple of sheds? He's eating and active once again, so everything else seems to be ok.

    Thanks for all the advice!
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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    Place the ball python in a pillowcase with a damp towel overnight. You should place the pillowcase (with the snake and towel in it) inside his enclosure near the warmer side. The towel should be wet enough that it feels damp but doesn't drip water when you hold it up. The abrasive material (towel) and excess moisture will help separate the eye cap from the snake. Tomorrow when you check on the snake the cap should already be off or you should be able to gently wipe it off.

    Don't bother the snake at all once he has been placed in the pillowcase.

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    Re: Eye Cap or Spectacle?!?! HELP

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Place the ball python in a pillowcase with a damp towel overnight. You should place the pillowcase (with the snake and towel in it) inside his enclosure near the warmer side. The towel should be wet enough that it feels damp but doesn't drip water when you hold it up. The abrasive material (towel) and excess moisture will help separate the eye cap from the snake. Tomorrow when you check on the snake the cap should already be off or you should be able to gently wipe it off.

    Don't bother the snake at all once he has been placed in the pillowcase.
    Did this with my Ball and he was just fine in 24 hours.

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