your snake has a respiratory disease it will be having trouble
breathing. When snakes have troubles breathing they usually
keep their mouth open to assist with their breathing. Respiratory
diseases may also be accompanied by a brown or yellow
mucus in its mouth and/or nostrils.
Poor ventilation is one of the
primary causes of breathing problems in snakes.
Improper humidity or temperature levels can also promote breathing
issues. The first thing you should do when you suspect a respiratory
disease may exist is verify that the temperature and humidity
levels are appropriate for your species of snake. Snakes are
very sensitive when it comes to conditions inside their enclosure
and improper conditions can lead to a whole range of health
issues. You may wish to review our snake
care sheets to obtain this information. Snakes that are
kept in an aquarium with a solid lid on it may be having problems
with the air circulation.
Some types of infections and parasites
can also cause respiratory diseases. In these cases the breathing
problems are merely a sign of a more serious infection or
disease. When a snake cannot breathe freely it will most likely
have trouble eating. This can cause the snake to fast for
long periods of time which obviously can lead to further health
complications if it is prolonged.
A trip to the local veterinarian
is usually in order for these types of problems as they can
be hard to diagnos and reach the root cause of the issue.