- weight loss
- decreased appetite
- open-mouth breathing
- bubbling mucus in nostril/mouth
- clicking/wheezing sound when breathing
- cold temperatures
- humidity too high
- 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.
Other Dumeril’s boa health topics:
- Foamy saliva
- Bubbles/mucus around the mouth
- Runny discharge from the nostrils
- Popping/crackling sounds while breathing
- Swollen forehead and/or eyes
- “Snoring” while asleep
- Low temperatures
- Humidity too low/high
- Poor ventilation
Do not attempt to treat a respiratory infection by yourself. Make an appointment with a certified reptile veterinarian, who will prescribe an antibiotic and may require a culture to determine the exact cause if the initial antibiotic doesn’t work.
Meanwhile, check your enclosure’s temperatures and humidity with digital thermometers and hygrometers. Analog (stick-on) devices often provide wildly inaccurate readings. If your chameleon is in a glass enclosure, switching to a mesh enclosure will help prevent the symptoms from returning.
Other chameleon health topics: