word stomatitis refers to an inflammation of the snakes mouth.
Stomatitis can effect all types of animals but it is by far
most common in snakes. Usually the condition will start in
one part of the mouth but will quickly spread to the gums,
tongue and the roof of the mouth.
Stomatitis creates a white, thick
substance in the mouth. Your snake will possibly lose teeth
over time because stomatitis will infect the gums and cause
the teeth to loosen. It is highly likely that the snake will
stop eating if the stomatitis is allowed to progress without
treatment. It will not eat because it is simply too painful
to put anything in its mouth.
Antibiotics are most often necessary
to clear up the infection. Your veterinarian will be able
to guide you on the appropriate steps to take to ensure the
stomatitis subsides and that minimal damage is caused to your
snake. You may need to modify the snakes habitat in order
to aid rehabilitation.