It only happens when she goes into shed, and then I can hear her breathing (almost a weird clicking sound), sometimes she opens her mouth to breathe, and I saw a nostril bubble once. As soon as she sheds the symptoms go away entirely. I used to own snakes years and years ago, but just got back into the hobby. I’ve been assuming (after calling a vet) that this is something normal that I’ve just forgotten about as opposed to something to be concerned about but figured I’d ask to be safe.
She’s had the issue since her first time going into shed with me, and as I said the issues completely go away as soon as she sheds. I did call a board certified reptile vet about it the first time and they said some snakes do have breathing issues during their shed, so that’s why I’ve been assuming all is fine. I’ve owned her for 10 months now, she’s shed ~5 times and she has the same issues every single time, they have not gotten any worse.
So is it just a shedding issue (I’ve just been assuming the shed is blocking the majority of her nostril causing some breathing issues) or could she have some respiratory issue that is only noticeable during a shed?