Latest rescue case to come in to Upper Valley Reptile Group: Young - believed to be female under 2yrs ball python. Had been sold at a Petco, owner was keeping the snake in a glass tank with only under-tank heat pad that covered entire bottom of tank with no thermostat and sand as a substrate. The snake endured a belly burn that covered about 2/3 it's entire underside, owner didn't "notice" the problem for nearly 3 weeks and left it untreated. Upon receiving the snake, it was very clear that the injury was severely infected - stinking of necrotic flesh, and she also had about 3 layers of stuck-on shed. Initial soaking helped to loosen some of the stuck shed. She is now on injectable antibiotics, and receiving a daily antibiotic soak and wound cream application. She is expected to make a full recovery. This case highlights why it is SOOO IMPORTANT to research the proper habitat requirements for keeping any reptile - and for the love of all things scaly put your darn heat mats on thermostats! Last pic was taken after only few days of veterinary treatment.