My milk snake's last few sheds were a bit tattered,, so when he went opaque a week ago, I ramped up his humidity a little more than normal. This morning when I checked on him, he appears to have a subspectacular abscess (panophthalmitis) in a very bad way. I called all the local vets, and so far, the soonest available appointment is Tuesday. I'm waiting to hear back from one that said they may be able to get me in on Monday. Keeping my fingers crossed. Apparently enucleation (eye removal) is the most common procedure.... Not looking forward to this, oh, and my moving truck is arriving on Wednesday. I may end up having to board the snake here in FL (either with the clinic, or with someone I trust) and have him shipped once he is better. I'm going to have to wait and see what the vet recommends. If his eye can be saved, I'd prefer to keep it, even if he can survive without it. He hasn't shed yet - still opaque. Sometimes, infections like this occurring during a shed can look worse than they are because the spectacle is loosened, and excess fluid can accumulate between the layers just prior to shedding. I'm hoping that this is a bunch of panic over something much simpler. Call me paranoid. Everything I have read about it in the meantime leads me to believe that the excessive moisture provided a breeding ground for bacteria or fungus, and led to an infection (it can get to the eye via the lacrimal ducts. I have already checked his mouth for signs of stomatitis, which thankfully, are absent so far. The vet advised a betadine rinse daily for his mouth to keep the infection from spreading that far.) His cage is normally pretty clean - he lives in a plastic bin, with a carpet substrate. Everything gets cleaned with bleach weekly, or when it is soiled, whichever is soonest. There have been days his bin was cleaned twice because he seems to prefer to defecate on a fresh carpet. I'm really thorough with cleaning because I have a very acute sense of smell, and cannot stand any odor in my cages, or my house. Even if the carpet/cage isn't soiled, if it sits for too long, it gets a musty/mildewy smell that I can't stand from the humidity in the cage, despite the ventilation (which is about to get increased.) Getting his mouth open is fun - none of my current tricks work - not the spatula or credit card. Anyone have any other ideas? I can open my large boas mouth, but this little guy is shut up tighter than a clams ***. It's gonna be hard to flush him with anything if I can't get his mouth open.