Respiratory Infection (RI)


  • lethargy
  • weight loss
  • decreased appetite
  • open-mouth breathing
  • bubbling mucus in nostril/mouth
  • clicking/wheezing sound when breathing


  • cold temperatures
  • humidity too high
  • stress
  • starvation
  • poor hygiene


Respiratory infections happen when bacteria infect the snake’s lungs. Check to make sure your temperatures, humidity, and heat gradient are correct. If you don’t clean your snake’s enclosure very often, step it up. Then take your snake to the exotic vet. They will prescribe antibiotic injections to clear up the infection.

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