Hi, I am new to this forum so please be patient. I have a ball python, named Spot, I have had him about 1-1/2 years and got him when he was a baby (could just barely get round my neck
) He has grown very nicely and is probably about 3-1/2 feet now. The only time he is finicky with eating is in the winter he cuts down from 2-4 mice a feeding to 1-2 every two weeks. Strangely, I monitor the temp of this cage very closely and it stays pretty consistant all year, maybe it is just the day light that makes him hungrier (he does have a timed light, can't remember but I set it for what they tell you to). Sorry trying to cover everything I can think of.
I have a few questions.
1. I live on the east side of Cleveland and was wondering if there is any easy way to find a good "snake doctor" in the area.
2. The reason for my concern is two fold. First Since I have had my snake he has only shed his skin in one peice one time. I have tried everything I can think of to get it to come off in one peice. Increasing the humidity, soaking him 2 or three times before he sheds, soaking him the night before he sheds. He cage has been down right wet (had a bit of a leek in this water), dry, and everywhere in between.
3. My other concern is I was playing with him the other day and I noticed the tips of a few (maybe 10) scales around his neck were an orangy-red. And two scales on his belly were "dry" (they could have been missed sheds that I didn't notice but they don't look like it, I usually go over him pretty good once he sheds and soak anything he didn't get off) (we just recently moved and his lights/heaters aren't hung the way they should be so he may have gotten to close to them but he would have had to really try at it)
He is a wonderfully patient sweet snake that lets me do just about anything to him without getting upset. He is also very curious and confident and loves to look around the house when I take him out (and watch him very carefully). He has always been a good eater and is very active in his cage at night, or once I take him out (and he has a chance to wake up)
So in short:
1. Any Vet suggestions in the east Cleveland area?
2. Should I be terribly concerned about his bad shedding behaviors
3. Any ideas what the scales may be?
Thank you very much,