You can coat them with clear nail polish. I don't exactly know to which point it's healthier than the paint, but at least it won't let the paint flake or get in contact with the skin. I don't have stretched eralobes, but I do always apply clear nail polish to earrings that might oxidate and I've never had a reaction.
And oh, gorgeous snake, btw!
nail polish or any type of varnish is still bad(can you tell I've read up on this stuff alot?
) putting tape on the bit thats gonna be in your ear is good, ptfe(i think?) tape, also called plumbers tape is the best and is super cheap at a hardware store.
also, just wanted to say the snake is pretty awesome