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My 7 month old ball python has cloudy eyes with very small dents. Not as drastic as some pictures I have seen but still very worrisome since I have never had this problem before. He is due for a shed now, but could it be a humidity issue? he eats every week like clockwork and stays in his almost all the time. I worry that my hygrometer may be inaccurate. Also when I took him out today, I noticed not only the eye dents, but he is wheezing and whistling when he breathes!!! It's not every time, I put his head closer to my ear and it stopped, but when I set him back down on the floor I noticed it again. I checked his nostrils and I don't see any loose shedding or anything. I am very worried it could be an infection or parasite or a reaction to his new bedding. His previous owner had used the exact same kind of bedding with no problems. Can anyone give me some advice???
 

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You will usually see the "denteded" eyes on stuck shed or stuck eye caps. Though you cant see it I would imagine that the whistling is due to the up Coming shed too. It may turn out that this is a stuck shed so your python couldn't even begin to remove it. If that's the case a good old soaking in a warm bath and a helping hand to remove it should be in order. Firstly try misting the viv/tub down with a spray bottle and leave it a few days to see if he manages to complete the slough cycle himself if not go for the nice long warm soak.

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I mist a couple times a day with warm water and also leave a soaked towel covering 2/3 of the tank at all times because it's hard to keep humidity up in my dry house. i just hope I'm not doing something wrong :(
 

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You will usually see the "denteded" eyes on stuck shed or stuck eye caps. Though you cant see it I would imagine that the whistling is due to the up Coming shed too. It may turn out that this is a stuck shed so your python couldn't even begin to remove it. If that's the case a good old soaking in a warm bath and a helping hand to remove it should be in order. Firstly try misting the viv/tub down with a spray bottle and leave it a few days to see if he manages to complete the slough cycle himself if not go for the nice long warm soak.

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I'd also suggest a 25 minute soak ..

I have done the occasional 25 minute soak , in 86F temp water , in a sealed container - obviously leaving air space at the top but if it's a few inches deep they tend to happily spend most of the time underwater.
I have a container that has clasps on the top so it's safe to place it in the towel cupboard - which is warm and dark .
They wiggle about looking to escape for a minute or two but quickly calm down . On release I have a wet , rough textured towel ready and let the snake slither continually through the towel , when it's head appears I simply cover it up with the towel .
Anyways after the soak any dead skin or retained eye-caps simply cokes off on the towel ( has to be rough textured obviously )



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The dented eyes is caused by dehydration, which means your humidity is too low.
Wheezing could be because snake is coming up to shed or could be the onset of an R.I (caused by improper humidity/temps).
Double check all your husbandry and get the snake into a reptile specialist vet as soon as poss
 
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