Snake sneezing!

Snakes suffer too! Cold season is upon us, and it affects our cold-blooded friends as well. Here's what you should know about this snake health problem.

For those of us who consider snakes to be easy pets, it may come as a shock that they can get sick too! Just like any other pet (and humans), snakes are prone to respiratory problems.

A fun fact about snakes: they sneeze too! A snake sneezing is normal, though that it is a weird thought. However, sneezing can inform you that something is seriously wrong with your scaly pet. If you see any of these signs, you should take your pet to an animal care center immediately.

Signs of a snake respiratory infection are:

  • Keeping its mouth open. Just like when you have a clogged nose, your snake does this to help it breathe.
  • Brown or yellow mucus (commonly called snot, in other words) around nose and mouth
  • Sneezing out blood. This is a sign of an upper respiratory infection.

Breathing problems in snakes could be caused by things in your home—their home—that don’t suit them. If your snake is having difficulty breathing, be sure to check that the humidity and temperature levels are correct for your species of snake. Also, a dusty cage can make a snake sneeze, so be sure to give it a good cleaning.

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Do you have a snake? Did it ever have a cold? Tell us about it in the comments!

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