When a snake has dermatitis it
will shed its skin far too quickly. You may also notice irritated
portions of its body that may appear to be inflammed. If you
leave the dermatitis untreated these irritated portions of
its body will quickly blister. If the snake is left even longer
these blisters can form open wounds due to the snake rubbing
its body on objects in its enclosure.
Dermatitis normally occurs from a dirty enclosure and a humidity
level that is too high. Having a higher than normal humidity
level is not a bad idea when the snake is shedding its skin
but monitor it closely to ensure it does not rise too high.
One of the best ways to do this is to provide the snake with
a humid hide box, that way the snake can leave it if it feels
If you notice signs of dermatitis you can first try cleaning
the cage and lowering the humidity. However if the problem
persists, please take your snake to your veterinarian immediately.