burns that occur with snakes are preventable. Heat rocks are
a major source of burns as reptiles are unable to feel heat
at a specific part of their body. Instead they feel the overall
heat of their body and do not realize they are being burnt.
This causes the burn to be much more severe. For this reason
heat rocks should never be used in the habitat of a reptile.
Many reptile keepers like the idea of heat rocks because it
makes it easier to provide the necessary heat in the enclosure
but the risk of burns is far too great to make them worthwhile.
If your snake has been burnt it
is highly advisable to take it to the veternarian to be looked
at. That way the veterinarian will be able to properly diganose
the severity of the burn and suggest the appropriate treatment.
The veterinarian will also be able to properly dress the wound
to reduce the risk of infection. They may also give the snake
antibiotics if they feel infection is likely. Afterwards periodic
redressing of the wound will be necessary to ensure it does
not become infected. While the snake is healing be care