Do you want to help your snake shed? All reptiles shed their skin so they can grow. Many pet parents have questions about shedding. This video will give you the details you need to know.
All reptiles, including snakes, shed their skin so they can grow larger. While this is a natural part of snake keeping, many pet parents still have questions about shedding. So here's the skinny on what you need to know. A healthy young snake should shed his skin in one large full piece about once or twice a month, while adult snakes may only shed a few times a year. The entire shed process can take up to several weeks. When your snake is about to shed, you can sometimes see changes in his appearance and behavior. Signs include hazy blue eyes, and an overall dull look to the body. Snakes often become more restless just before shedding and they may not take any food offered during this time. Here are some tips to help your snake shed his skin properly. Keep the humidity in his habitat between 40% and 60% by providing a big bowl of water to soak in, and by misting the habitat with a water bottle every day. You can also give him his own shedding box or hideaway filled with dampened moss. You can also provide wet paper towels to help your snake shed. Replace the paper towels each day. Decor with rough surfaces, like logs or branches, give your snake places to rub against to also help with shedding. Some issues include partial shedding and persistent patches of dry skin. Review your snakes eating habits and consider changes if necessary. Clean your snake's habitat weekly and double check that the habitat is always at the correct temperature and humidity levels. Shedding issues can be the first sign of a more serious problem. So it's always important to keep an eye on your snakes shedding. If your snake retains his eye-cap when shedding, never try to remove it yourself. Consult with your veterinarian if your snake has any issues shedding.