Yesterday my snake was absolutely fine. This morning I went to pick her up for some handling and I noticed a weird mark on her skin, as I looked closer it appears there's a small amount of blood and the scales look a little weird. I think it's a burn, however, comparing it to images on Google it doesn't quite look the same.

Her heat lamp has a cage around it and the basking space stays at about 90 °F (32 °C) in the day time and at night I turn it down to 75 °F (24 °C). She never normally goes anywhere near (I mean as in climbing it or touching it, she still basks) the heat lamp and I haven't seen her around it the last couple of days. I touched after finding it and its not burning hot.

The only thing that is hotter than that is the UVB bulb. However, that is very high up and I can't see how her side would touch it. I know this is probably possible though, snakes slither everywhere! It's not burning hot like I can touch it but it is slightly hotter then 90 °F (32 °C) I think. Her heat lamps on a thermostat.

She is a 7-year-old corn snake, I got her 6 weeks ago. As Britain is now in effect in lockdown, I may not be able to take her to the vets and I don't want her to be in pain. It doesn't look too bad but I don't know what's behind the surface.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I will also attach a picture.

UPDATE: I e-mailed the vets and it is a superficial burn.


  • I hope one of our snake experts sees this post. I hope she is ok. The coronavirus is making it much harder in many ways.
    – user6796
    Mar 24, 2020 at 12:30
  • Thank you,I emailed the vets and it is a superficial burn, so doesn't need any treatment and should heal on its own.Luckily she should be ok .Thank you.I know these times are making it much more difficult. Mar 24, 2020 at 12:34
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    It's frightening times indeed. I'm glad she is ok. Perhaps consider posting an answer. Self answer questions are welcomed here.
    – user6796
    Mar 24, 2020 at 12:43

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It turns out this is a superficial burn. Treatment is not needed so fingers crossed it will recover well.

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    – Elmy
    Mar 24, 2020 at 16:50

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