As most of you guys know, I recently (last month) bought a new carpet python. When I examined him at the show (and every time I cleaned his cage for the next few weeks) I saw no mites, nor evidence thereof. He has been living in a plastic container with vent holes drilled in the top, a water bowl, and paper towels so I can keep an eye on him. he also has a log hide and one branch that were scrubbed with bleach and hot water prior to being placed in his cage. I have seen no mites on him, nor on the paper towels when I change them. About a week ago, I noticed he was hanging out in his water dish. I boosted his humidity, and checked him again (still nothing) then I went out of state for the weekend, and my pet-sitter called to give me updates (he was still in his dish) and when I returned, he was still in his dish. Getting worried, I changed his paper towels, yet again, and examined them for mites (still nothing). Just today, I went to change his water (he was laying in it) and saw drowned mites in his water dish - about 6 of them. I found only one live one on him. I checked his nose, pits, and eyes, and found none there. Took out his props, and they are currently soaking in hot water with a good strong dose of bleach. Tonight, they will also be baked for a while. I have since rubbed him down with Natural Chemistry Reptile relief, bleached and scrubbed his plastic container, wiped them also with the mite killer. misted his paper towels with the mite killer, and switched him to a larger water dish (so he can fit all of himself in it to help clear them off.) He wasn't acting mite-infested when I got him, and since there were very few (thanks to him still being in QT, with regular cleaning and observations) I think I caught it early. Even though his cage is at the top of a shelf that is shared only with insects, I'm still paranoid. Soon as I'm done with this post, I'll be checking every other snakes water dishes and bodies for mites, and watching them in a paranoid manner for weeks - even though I just changed all water dishes yesterday when I got home, and peeked in on all my snakes. Nobody else is acting like they might have mites. I'm probably going to bleach all my spare props again. They get scrubbed with bleach before and after every use, and at intervals while in use, but now I'm paranoid I may have missed a spot or something. I'll be rotating the carpet python in and out of my spare ten gallon. It's currently soaking with bleach too. Tomorrow, I'll rinse, dry, and put him in there with fresh towels, fresh water, and bleach soak his plastic cage, repeat for about a week. Just what I wanted to come home to! lol.