veterinarian holding black snake

Snakes can suffer from a variety of diseases, some of which can cause serious respiratory, gastrointestinal, and liver 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 it is healthy. If your snake needs future veterinary attention, we will have a baseline to compare against. Although snakes do not need vaccinations, they can benefit from routine exams. Annual veterinary visits can even help your snake live longer!

We are happy to share our 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.

A healthy snake should have smooth and dry scales, flick its tongue, be alert and active, and show interest in its environment. A sick snake may show 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). Call us immediately if your snake is showing these or any other unusual signs.