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    Question about scars and scales

    I have a quick question about scars and scales for a first time snake owner.

    Marley suffered from an attack a few months ago in late summer by a kitty (mine, crazy thing has it out for reptiles) and I had no problems treating the wounds and cleaning them and they all healed up nicely but a few of them are missing scales.

    Now will those scales regrow over time or is it only going to be the scar tissue in its place. My only experience is with lizards that can at least regrow tails so I'm new to this.

    None of the scars are big ones so if they don't then I'm not too worried, I'm more or less just curious.

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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Can we get a picture of the area?
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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Scales don't regrow, so she'll likely have the scars for the rest of her life.

    I have a snake, Hades, who has scar tissue on the sides of his mouth... And within the first couple weeks of keeping him, it seemed to have regrown the scales. However, his scales in his mouth were only half missing... If that makes any sense.
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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Completely off topic, but I love the name Hades.
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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Well Miss Marley decided that she didn't want me to try and get closeups and couldn't sit still, too curious about the camera and the noise.

    But they were mainly puncture wounds, cats cause more of those than the tearing that often happens with dogs so most are quite small and probably won't be noticeable until she's bigger. But the main damage is about the last inch and a half of her tail where she was probably carrying her around.

    But the very tip of her tail is broken it looks like but she can still move it so it looks like a little kink.

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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Oh dear...may I ask how the cat got a hold of the snake?
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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Infection from cat bites should be a big concern.
    I hope all turns out well.
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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Big.

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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Kitty actually brought her home, much like she does with mice and I got her to drop Marley. I first thought it was dead until I saw a flick of tongue. I took her in and worked on treating the wounds and kept her on paper towels while I treated her wounds until they were at least closed and gave her actual bedding.

    I don't think she was that old, I know a couple of weeks before I relocated a good sized red sided garter that was nearly a meter long closer to the woods. We only have a couple of spieces of garter here in KS, the Checkered, Plains, and the Common or Redsided like its called out here.

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    Re: Question about scars and scales

    Okay here's one of the bigger scars thats about mid body I believe and I figured it was caused by a claw.


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