HELP!! Mites! (mite be, mite not!)

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HELP!! Mites! (mite be, mite not!)

Post by Robert S. Coh » Wed, 17 Nov 1993 00:10:28

I'm snakesitting a Ball Python that has some critters living on
him. They're dark brown and about the size of a pin-head. When
the snake is immersed in water, they fall off. I rinsed him and
placed him in a new home, but he still has these critters. What
do I need to do to eradicate these things, once and for all?

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Robert Cohen


HELP!! Mites! (mite be, mite not!)

Post by Nathan Ten » Wed, 17 Nov 1993 03:29:11

Them be mites, all right.  You may not want to embark on a campaign against
them without the consent of the snake's owner, since really nailing them
seems to involve toxic substances.

The conventional approach involves a no-pest strip or m***equivalent.
Details vary.  I've successfully used a 1"-square piece of strip, in a
snakeproof container with holes (this is important; you DO NOT want the
snake to have any chance of coming in direct contact with the strip); the
strip goes in the snake's enclosure for three days, then out for three
days, repeated three times.  (This is the approach recommended by a
recent Vivarium article on ball pythons; the author says that he's done
it repeatedly and never lost a snake.)

I've heard that there are now mite-killers that are less hazardous to the
snake.  I don't know anything about them, but I'd like to hear more.

Good luck.


Post Scriptum: If the snake isn't in its original enclosure, its usual
home will also need to be treated; mites lay their eggs in corners of the
tank and such places.