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Do Snakes Sneeze

November 25th, 2008

I would not be interested in this topic because I hate snakes! In this piece, we will delve into the question of snakes and sneezing. The word snake is actually from the Latin, “to creep”. They can move stealthily without being observed. That is true! They seem to come out of nowhere and scare the crap out of you!  Do snakes sneeze and the answer is “Yes”. However, it does not sound like a sneeze. It is more like a hiss that sounds like a sneeze. It can be a mild respiratory infection. Some people find it hard to believe but its true!

They will wheeze, gape and sneeze. If you have a snake, you can try to treat it yourself by keeping your lovely scaly friend in a warm dry environment. You should raise the temperature to the higher end around 89 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. This actually brings on a fever and helps it fight the infection. Just remember to keep it isolated. In some cases, a frothy green discharge may run from the mouth of the snake. At this point after you have raised the temperature, a trip to your veterinarian would be a good idea. We know now that reptiles can in fact get sick and get respiratory infections.

When it is apparent your reptile is having issues with sneezing putting a hot rock in the cage can help. You can find them at pet stores. All you have to do is plug it in and place it in the enclosure. Sneezing is just a natural thing for snakes to do when their noses get irritated or they are allergic to something. It really is not much different then humans. We sneeze when our noses get irritated too. Another way to help your reptile is clean away any salt buildup on their nose or cage and clean it with some glass cleaner frequently. If all this fails, a trip to your veterinarian may be in order. A battery of tests may be necessary.

I hope this answers the question do snakes sneeze. Although, they are reptiles they still suffer from seemingly human responses when something is not right in their systems. So next time you hear a noise coming from your cage, it could be your snake sneezing!

  1. Nancy
    December 18th, 2008 at 13:49 | #1

    thank for the info on the snake. It helped alot.

  2. Dylan
    March 12th, 2009 at 21:52 | #2

    DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT USE A HEAT ROCK, THE CAN AND WILL CAUSE YOUR SNAKE SEVERE BURNS WHICH CAN LEAD TO DEATH. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

  3. lotrhorse87
    June 26th, 2010 at 10:33 | #3

    Never use a glass cleaner on the inside of the cage, its extremely harmful to your pet. Mild soap and water is the best way to clean a cage with any living thing in it.

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