Bacterial Dermatitis In Pet Snakes

Bacterial dermatitis in snakes and other reptiles is characterized by an infection fo the skin or shell that is caused by bacterial pathogens. The infection may affect the surface of the skin or the deeper skin tissues. The problem is called by a number of names such as blister disease, belly rot, or shell rot. 

Most cases of bacterial dermatitis in snakes typically affect one or two areas only, which means it’s a localized condition. But there are cases in which a larger portion of the body is affected (generalized). The problem is common in snakes that are kept under poor husbandry, such as having an inadequate substrate, unsanitary conditions, incorrect temperature, heat, or humidity inside their enclosure, etc. 

Pustules and/or blisters are commonly observed in the early stages of bacterial dermatitis. These will eventually rupture and become an open wound. Wounds may be shallow or they may be deep enough to expose deeper tissues, like muscle or bone. 

The majority of cases of bacterial dermatitis are caused by trauma to the skin, such as abrasions or lacerations. Breaks in the skin pave the way for bacteria to get inside the skin and cause infection. 

Affected pets should be brought to a vet hospital Michigan City, IN for proper medical intervention immediately. Click here to learn more.


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