Have you ever heard the term “snake in blue” and wondered what it means?
Well, if you’re a new snake owner, be sure to hear this more often.
You actually have to understand what it means for your snake, the signs when it happens, and what you can do.
Keep reading to learn more!
What does it mean when a snake is in blue?
The blue color of a snake is a sign of impending shedding. In “blue” is a thing that happens a few days before a snake sheds its skin.
Its eyes get clouded over for a day or two and can sometimes have a slightly blue tint to them.
Usually, during this time a snake will not feed if offered food.
This is normal and nothing to worry about, but if your snake does not eat after 2 or 3 days then you should take it to an experienced reptile vet for advice.
During the winter months of each year, some snakes lose their natural camouflage when they shed their skin each spring.
These snakes will turn blue during this time because there is no pigment left on their skin.
Once this happens, these snakes will become more vulnerable to predators such as birds and other animals who can see them easily now that there are no longer any colors covering them up.
Snakes do not normally survive long once they reach this state; however, if you notice your snake in this condition then you need to get him or her out of his or her enclosure immediately!
Can a snake feed in blue?
Snakes cannot use their tongues to “stretch” out and get more food. They are not able to physically reach their prey when they are in blue.
It is possible that a snake can be fed while it is blue, but it is highly unlikely that he will eat anything at all if he has been starved for a long time.
A snake that has been starved for a period of weeks or months may have internal problems that make it impossible for him to digest food even if offered to him.
The best thing you can do for your snake is to make sure that he has plenty of water and proper temperatures in his tank so that he can keep his body hydrated and warm enough so that he does not get too cold or too hot.
You should also watch his behavior closely and make sure that he does not try to eat himself (constricting) or any other objects in the tank such as rocks or logs.
Such behavior is usually indicative of pain or stress in your pet’s life, which could be due to poor diet or lack of exercise in the form of handling by its owner.
Precautions to take when your snake is in blue
- If your snake has a health issue, take it to a vet immediately.
- Do not handle your snake when it is in blue unless absolutely necessary. You may hurt him or her if you do so.
- Do not force-feed your snake or give it water if it refuses to eat or drink on its own.
- Do not handle your snake too much, as this can stress it out and cause more problems than there were before.
- Keep your snake away from children and pregnant women.
- Do not touch your snake or call it by its name. It’s important to keep a safe distance between yourself and the reptile at all times, even when it’s not in blue.