Remember that "Black dot" from before?
Yea it turns out that there is an infection. Somebody please tell me what to do. I just bought a corn snake (baby)
and he seems to be covered with them. Whats the best course of action? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
-Rabid G
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Remember that "Black dot" from before? Yea it turns out that there is an infection. Somebody please tell me what ... seems to be covered with them. Whats the best course of action? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks! -Rabid G

Use google and search for how to treat snake mites. There are like 4,000 websites on this subject. Hell, you could even use groups.google.com and search rec.pets.herp for past conversations on how to get rid of snake mites.
HTH
fr0glet
Thanks fr0glet,
I was going to do that (google) anyway but I'd also like to see what the experienced people in this group have to say.
Hey Rabid that's terrible that you found more mites. How long have you had this snake? If you've only had it a day or two I would be tempted to go back to Petco and demand your money back.
I know that might not be what you want to hear, but I get really upset when pet stores obviously don't take care of animals properly.

Anyway, I've never had a mite problem with my snakes so only can tell you the same thing you can read for yourself. The Corn Snake Manual by Kathy Love has several pages (pg. 61 - 63) on how to deal with this problem. If you don't have this book already, I would recommend that you buy it. It is filled with tons of good info on taking care of your Corn Snake.

Maybe Petco will give you the book, if you explain the problem! You will be able to get rid of the mites, but it will take some work on your part. You only have one reptile, correct?
Let us know if you find good information (or buy The Corn Snake Manual). I could type some of the stuff from the book, but really it would be easier if you just get a copy for yourself.
Alan
Hey thanks for the help Alan. I'll Try to pick up that book as soon as I get some more cash rolling in. And yea I only own one snake (or reptile).

Turns out the mites came from the substrate itself (Repti-Bark or something like that?). I hadn't realized that you had to freeze the bag first. I went back to Petco today and the same guy was there from before and apparently he had told me that little detail when I first bought the snake. I guess I mightv'e been a bit overwhelmed at the time (I was buying everything I needed in one go). Well I looked up what to do on the net, which took time cause there were so many different methods of getting rid of mites. I finally decided on cleaning out the aquarium, cleaning the snake in warm water, and soaking him in oil for a bit. Suffocates the mites that didn't wash off.
More good news is that I fed my snake (cornsnake) a pinkie (or pinky?) today! And he ate without any problem. At first he didn't notice it and went hiding but after about an hour I kinda "showed it to him" (let his nose touch it) and he almost immediately started swallowing! He tried it sideways but quickly decided to do the traditional "headfirst" thing. And as I look over there now it looks like he went hiding again. He just swallowed about
15 min ago!Sorry for babbling but its my first snake and I'm excited.

Thanks again Alan!..and fr0glet too.
-RabidG
Freezing the substrate is probably a method to reduce bacteria, but NO substrate ever should contain mites, that's BS. If they told you the reason of your snakes problem was this, they probably don't want to admit that they have mites at the store.
Anna
Freezing the substrate is probably a method to reduce bacteria, butNO substrate ever should contain mites, that's BS.

I warn people of the possible wood-eating and wood-dwelling mites living in those forest floor substrates. I don't know what their effect on snakes is, but I know they'll crawl on them and irritate them. I had an infestation of insect mites here from my mealworm colony, it stressed several of my animals. Took two rounds of predatory mites to get rid of those little buggers. Emotion: stick out tongue
If they told you the reason of your snakes problem was this, they probably don't want to admit that they have mites at the store.

Entirely possible. Sad.
fr0glet
Freezing a bag of substrate is ***! Mites do not come from prepared substrate. They can come from branches or bark that you go outside in the woods & get, but the store bought stuff has been rendered parasite free.
Secondly..DO NOT SOAK YOUR SNAKE IN OIL!! There are many ways of getting rid of mites, but this is NOT one of them! The cage needs to be made as bare as possible. Give the mites no more places to hide than possible. Use newspaper as a substrate, at least until you get the mites under control. I won't mention the method I have used for mites in the past because of the very young age of your snake. But there are many readily available if you just look. The salesman that told you all of this *** needs his ass kicked. Again, DO NOT SOAK YOUR SNAKE IN OIL!! And remember, you have to treat the enclosure and everything in it that has not been discarded as well as the snake!!

Roger
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There are lots and lots of mite species. Those which eat crickets and those which eat organic waste. In the GTP viv I use peat (sp?) moss and there are some teeny tiny grey mites in, which go for the snake poo that falls down. I don't mind them.
Anna
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