Snake Shedding Advice

Snake Shedding Advice

The preparation of you snake to begin the shedding process is called Preecdysis, this will occur throughout your snake entire life time many times a year but more often when younger or whilst still growing and of which many changes occur both physically and mentally to your snake:

  • First sign of your Snake coming into Preecdysis is change in behaviour becoming shyer than usual or unwilling to be handled/disturbed.
  • Secondly will be physical changes such as skin will go a grey/cloudy colour duller than usual losing it normal shine.
  • Next the eyes will become blue/cloudy which it’s necessary not to handle as their vision is drastically reduced by the membrane covering for shed making them feel insecure or defensive.

 

Ecdysis is the final stage of snake shedding where it will first try removing the shed from its head creating friction to decor in the vivarium creating friction to remove so. It will then repeat the process with the remaining shed surrounding the body wedging again resistance so it body pulls out but the shed collects inside out.

It is advice that if any skin is remaining then you should bath your snake to see if it will lift then gently rub away the free shed with a towel/flannel or tweezers.