Snakes can suffer from a variety of diseases, some of which can cause serious respiratory, gastrointestinal, and skin problems. They also commonly harbor internal and external parasites, including hookworms, roundworms, mites, and ticks.
We recommend that you bring your new snake in for an initial exam so we can make sure he or she is healthy. If your snake needs future veterinary attention, we’ll also have a baseline to compare against. Although snakes don’t need vaccinations, they can benefit from routine exams. Annual veterinary visits can even help your snake live longer.
We are happy to share our specialized knowledge of appropriate enclosures, temperature and humidity, lighting, substrates (ground covering), cleaning, and skin shedding. Besides having feeding requirements that are species specific, snakes can become stressed and may not eat. If this happens, please contact us so we can help. We can also determine the sex of your snake.
Healthy snakes flick their tongues, are alert, active and show interest in their environment. Their scales should also be smooth and dry. Call our Toronto clinic immediately if you notice any of the following signs of illness: vomiting or regurgitation, diarrhea, loss of appetite or weight, weakness or loss of energy, wheezing, mucus or bubbling around the nostrils, changes around the mouth (inflammation, purplish-red spots, dry and diseased tissue), and changes in the skin (reddening, slow-healing sores, swelling, discharge), or if your snake starts behaving abnormally.