Diseases and Infestations
Kingsnakes (as many other species) are susceptible to various kinds of infections and infestations. Most common are necrotizing dermatitis (or "scale rot"), stomatitis (or "mouth rot"), pneumonia (or other respiratory infections), and ectoparasites (or "snake mites"). Many of these conditions are a result of improper husbandry leading to unsanitary conditions or inadequate heat, light, or humidity. Many of these problems can be avoided by supplying adequate heat (ensuring ample room for the reptile to thermoregulate), light, clean water, and a sanitary environment through the immediate removal of faecal matter.
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