Shiny scales?

Ok, so this is probably a stupid question, I read this somewhere and I’d like to know if it’s true. Do snakes get really shiny scales when their nutritionally deficient?

Can you try and get a picture of what you are seeing? Scales are pretty shiny naturally.

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Oh, I didn’t mean one of my snakes has really shiny scales. Sorry, I should have said so.

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Dehydrated snakes tend to have a dull gloss to their scales and sometimes will be dimpled and/or lifted, but that’s about the extent of what you can tell about the snakes health just by looking at their scales.


As @ballornothing said when snakes are dehydrated you can notice that their scales lose their natural iridescence and dull slightly.

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Oh, ok then it isn’t true then? I wish I could remember where I saw that…