I have recently taken possesion of a full grown corn snake with a rather serious (to me) burn on about a quarter of its belly. The skin over the burn has shed and the wound is moist.
(1) What is the best protective ointment to use that will not harm the snake? Bacitracin or some other antibiotic salve?
(2) The snake has apparently lost its appetite. Should I not expect it to eat until it has healed?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you
Sam
I have recently taken possesion of a full grown corn snake with a rather serious (to me) burn on about a quarter of its belly. The skin over the burn has shed and the wound is moist.

I actually have no advice here but was wondering how it got burned? That is pitiful, poor thing.
(1) What is the best protective ointment to use that will not harm the snake? Bacitracin or some other antibiotic salve? (2) The snake has apparently lost its appetite. Should I not expect it to eat until it has healed?

We have a corn snake who will not eat, for over a month now, and took him to a herp. and we were told nothing is wrong with the snake. I don't know what else to do.
Not that any of this helps, sorry!
Marie
I have recently taken possesion of a full grown corn snake with a rather serious (to me) burn on about ... What is the best protective ointment to use that will not harm the snake? Bacitracin or some other antibiotic salve?

I would tend to leave it alone, if it is not infected. If it is infected, get it to a vet's and you'll probably have to go for injectable anitbiotics (which have their own risks).
(2) The snake has apparently lost its appetite. Should I not expect it to eat until it has healed?

At least until it has settled in to your possession and is feeling a bit better.
We have had several such stories on this group over the years. Do a google search on this group and I'm sure you'll find lots of good advice and similar experiences. All I do remember is that it will take several sheds before things start looking really good.

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I have recently taken possesion of a full grown corn ... over the burn has shed and the wound is moist.

I actually have no advice here but was wondering how it got burned? That is pitiful, poor thing.

(1) What is the best protective ointment to use that will not harm the snake? Bacitracin or some other antibiotic salve?

a long time ago my mom helped me rescue a garter snake that got its head caught in a dicarded beer can, thru the little flip top opening. its skin was cut thru in two places down to the body of the snake. it healed fine on its own, but i do remember it taking several sheddings.

btw, after removing the can from the snake with a can opener (boy was that tricky) a regurgitated blue belly lizard was in the bottom of the can. we surmised the lizard went into the can to escape the snake, but the snake entered the can and ate the lizard, then spit it up trying to escape the can. i can still remember thinking, what the heck is the banging noise in the drain ditch near our house, and my astonishment at finding a snake thrashing around with a coors can on its head! Emotion: smile myraide