I recently bought a baby female ball python from LLL Reptile. I noticed mites on her today, I am assuming they came from a new hide I put in her enclosure, as I hadn't handled her in a while/there's really no other way they could have made there way in. I've read up on how to deal with it and will be treating her this weekend. I have a couple questions, though: The mites have not been there for more than a week, but I am worried about my snake. Is she in any particular pain/stress because of them? She has not began to soak herself and has been acting pretty normal, but I still am worried for her. I'm noticing a bit of gentle head rubbing against her water dish, but nothing excessive. Does this have to do with the mites? Her forehead looks almost a bit crusty/dry - does this have anything to do with the mites? I believe it may be because of how dry it has been here lately (on my stop at the pet store this weekend I'll be grabbing a few more things to help humidify her tank a bit more.) I usually put a wet towel over half the tank's lid and she has a rather big water dish, so I wasn't sure if it was a humidity/dehydration thing or not. I can take some pictures tomorrow if need be. What is the best substrate to amplify humidity? Right now she was wood shavings (not cedar, I believe it's aspen) but they are sort of ugly and don't seem to be the best. (also, sort of a side question) Is LLL Reptile a reliable place? When I had a corn snake I always bought my decorations/dishes/hides/etc from LLL, but I am more concerned with the actual ball python herself, now. She was very healthy and spry when I bought her, but someone recently told me LLL didn't treat their snakes very well at reptile shows. Any insight? - For the most part I am concerned about her stress levels/well being until I can treat the mites and enhance the humidity. If she is in any particular pain I would really like to remedy it, I'm so upset she got the mites. Any responses are greatly appreciated, thank you so much !