Ball Python This is Monte, one of several classroom pets in my 12 year old son's 6th grade class. It has come home with us for the summer break. It had been kept on sand, which had gotten up under its belly scales. Large clumps of sand, skin, and crud were running down his back half. We gave him a nice warm bath, and removed much of the crud. Several areas were pink from irritation. Everything is clean now, and he happily accepted his meal today.