• Check out the new Feedback and suggestions forum. This adds the ability to add ideas for the site and upvote/downvote them. It would be great to hear from you all in how we can boost site activity and who would like to assist with some exciting ideas from Rob and I.

Slipped skin


New Member
This is the only place Iv found this detail
Iv rescued a boa in on week 4 with her we have vets but I need your help..

if it’s indeed slipped skin which is most probably caused in this instant by malnutrition how can I help her
Or will this be a sad road with a bad ending F9B8C74D-B1F5-4C11-831A-0ED0660B2D2E.jpeg


Site Admin
Staff member
You will find that by keeping the enclosure clean, smaller feeds and time, that should heal on its own. A vet visit may be required if it becomes infected however.

That is how we would deal with Australian Snakes in this manner.


Almost Legendary
APS Veteran
Trusted Seller
This will have been caused by a mechanical injury. Snakes which are otherwise in good health usually recover from this sort of injury remarkably well and reptiles are surprisingly resistant to infections - something like that on a human would almost certainly get seriously infected, but on a reptile something like that will generally not be an issue and even without any form of treatment will generally heal up without issue. Keep a close eye on it, it'll almost certainly go into a slough cycle immediately. If you know exactly what you're doing you can apply an adhesive bandage until the next slough (which will come off with the slough), but don't attempt to do this yourself unless you know exactly what you're doing as getting it wrong can cause more problems, and it shouldn't be necessary.

As Stuart says, keep the enclosure clean, but personally, I would strongly recommend against feeding until after the next slough.

The next slough may not come off neatly at the site of the injury. If so, don't try to remove the skin or any scab type material around the injury as it will act as a sort of bandage/protection until the following slough. If the snake is underweight you may want to offer a smallish meal after the next slough, but if the snake has reasonable body condition, just leave it until a second slough if after the first it's not closed.