I think my jungle carpet python may have scale rot and/or vicious scale burn? He is very rough to touch on his underside, especially on the end of his tail - His scales look totally mutilated, "healthier" parts are bright red/pink. I think he may have gotten ontop of his heating lamp that has a metal cage around it and scratched/burnt that particular area. I have removed all substrate, replaced with newspaper. Turned the heating right down to 15° and wrapped a cloth around the metal cage that encloses the heating lamp. I fed him this morning and he took the rat easy like he always does but there is a little bit of dried blood on the newspaper when i checked on him tonight His behaviour seem normal. Not lethargic or over energetic. He had a very bad shed a couple weeks ago, where his whole body was covered in dried patches of skin - one of his eye caps didnt come off. I carefully removed it with tweezers but i could not remove the rest of the skin around his head/eye area (when he ate today some of it came off) I have been bathing him in betadine solution to disinfect his scales. What concerns me the most is, lately when i pick him up, just before his mid-section, his body makes a squishing/gurgling type noise that never use to happen before. Im not sure if i should be concerned about this? Obviously i have him booked into a vet on monday, but im just hoping (unfortunately) some of you have had similar experiences and can provide advice with what may potentially be wrong with him and how i can accelerate his health? 3-4 year old jungle carpet python Temperature was 28° reduced to 15° I dont have a humidifier gauge but water bowl is kept on the cooler end of his enclosure. I use to mist the tank but stopped as i felt it was unnecessary (OBVIOUSLY NOT).