Snake Ticks

Ticks are blood sucking parasites that are just as bad for your snake as they are for people. They can pass on quite a number of terrible diseases to your snake. Depending on what the ticks carry, or if left untreated, they can cause your snake to die.

Symptoms of Ticks

Symptoms of ticks in snakes:

  • Rubbing on objects in their enclosure
  • Long soaks
  • Weight loss
  • Scale deformities or red spots

Usually with the above symptoms, especially red spots on their scales, people will be suspicious of either ticks or mites. Ticks are a lot easier to see than mites are, and with a close inspection of your snake you should be able to spot them pretty easily.

The treatment is fairly straightforward and can be done at home, or you can have your vet do it. Once you find a tick attached to your snake, rub the tick with a cotton ball that has been soaked in rubbing alcohol, then use tweezers to pull the tick off. Using alcohol first should help the tick release their grip and make them easier to pull off. If you are at all worried about diseases your snake might have gotten from the ticks you can have your vet take a look and they may prescribe medication based on what they find.

Diagnosing Ticks

The best way to diagnose a tick infestation is to look for the presence of small, dark-colored ticks on the snake or reptile’s body. If these are found, it’s important to take your snake or reptile to a veterinarian for further examination and treatment. The veterinarian might also recommend blood tests or other diagnostic tests in order to determine if any diseases have been transmitted by the ticks.

Stages of Ticks

Ticks go through four stages of development: egg, larva, nymph, and adult.

Stage 1

The eggs are laid in clusters on the ground or on vegetation.

Stage 2

The larvae hatch from the eggs and feed on small insects or other hosts.

Stage 3

The nymphs then feed on larger hosts such as snakes or lizards.

Stage 4

Finally, the adults feed on blood from their host and reproduce.

Treating Ticks

The best way to treat a Tick infestation is to remove the ticks manually. This can be done by using tweezers or a tick remover tool. It is important to wear gloves and use caution when removing the ticks, because they may carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. After the ticks have been removed, it’s important to clean the area with an antiseptic solution and apply a topical medication to prevent further infestations.

Preventing Ticks

The best way to prevent a tick infestation is to keep the area around your pet’s cage clean and free of debris. Regularly check your pet for ticks, and if any are found, remove them immediately.

Finally, using an insect repellent can help deter ticks from entering the enclosure. Just make sure whatever you use is safe to be used around your pets.

Additional Information

Ticks can be a serious problem for snakes and other reptiles, and it’s important to take steps to prevent and treat infestations. By regularly checking the snake for ticks, keeping the enclosure clean, and using an insect repellent, you can help keep your pet safe from these parasites.