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 Ball Python Weird Looking Skin Issue

So my ball python shed about a week and a half ago. I have had him since he was a baby (he is about 6 years old now) and he has only had maybe 3 total full clean sheds. Most come off in pieces. I have increase humidity, soaked him during shedding, increase heat, and such to try to help him shed however I still usually need to help a bit and rub the remaining pieces off.

This last time was no different I needed to help with the last 6 inches or so of him. However, I noticed the today that there is about a 4 to 5 inch patch on his back that is a cloudy almost like he is ready to shed again. The skin almost looks like a burn but there is nothing in his tank that could/would burn the top of his back in that section. When i took him out i rubbed the spot and a few scales fell off and it was a bit "gooey" under i guess is the way to describe. I am wondering if anyone had any similar experience with any of their snakes. As I mentioned I have always had to help him shed this was not the first and the majority of the time he seems to be extremely thankful and enjoys the process as I would assume anyone with itchy skin trying to get it off would.

I am not sure if this could have happened by potentially doing this process to early or if this could be something else? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Oh and when i do the shedding with him he is soaked for a least 30 min in warm water but this time he was actually in the warm water for a few hours in his tank.

Any help would be great. Thanks.

04/25/11  07:08pm

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