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Blue for the First Time

sarcare
07-11-2008, 04:15 PM
After reading about the snake who can't swollow and hearing about partial sheds I've become very nervous about my snake's first shed. And, when I pulled her out for her first full tank cleaning since I got her she appears to be in blue! My room mate said I ought not to have gone through with the cleaning, but I figured she was already out of the tank and I might as well go through with it.

Anyway, I misted the sterelite container she was in while I cleaned, but this appeared to freak her out and she musked/peed or whatever. Now that the tank is all clean and she is back in it and in her hide, I'm wondering what I can do to make this shed go more smoothly.

Here is what I'm doing already:
Misting the viv
Keeping a fresh water bowl filled
I plan on not holding her or pestering her until Tuesday when she is due for a feeding.

What else can I do to ensure a good shed? I don't want her to end up stressed or with bits stuck on!

Also, I would like to know about how long the snake stays blue before the shed and how long the shed lasts and if there are any transitional post shed issues.

Rich in KY
07-11-2008, 04:59 PM
Another thing you can do is put a moist paper towel in the container with her. It sounds like you have done a lot to help. Now just wait. She will probably be fine.

The amount of time in blue varies. She will also go "clear" again before she actually sheds. It will look like she has shed but has not. This is normal. It is usually 2-3 after they go clear that they shed.

Good luck and I hope to see lots of pics once she sheds.

One last thing, many snakes will not eat while in blue. Do not be disturbed if this happens. Again, normal.

fidds
07-13-2008, 07:32 AM
Another thing you can do is put a moist paper towel in the container with her. It sounds like you have done a lot to help. Now just wait. She will probably be fine.

The amount of time in blue varies. She will also go "clear" again before she actually sheds. It will look like she has shed but has not. This is normal. It is usually 2-3 after they go clear that they shed.Good luck and I hope to see lots of pics once she sheds.

One last thing, many snakes will not eat while in blue. Do not be disturbed if this happens. Again, normal.


That is good advice as when mine first shed, once the blues stage was over i was looking every where for the shed!!!!

lol

I just couldn't work out what had happened to it :shrugs:

Ruderacer
07-13-2008, 12:06 PM
No worries you are doing all the right things. We live in so cal where it is less humid during the summer, so after our's go blue I add a clump of moist sphagnum moss to the vivs. They semm to enjoy crawling around on and in it.

sarcare
07-14-2008, 09:09 PM
So today I came home and found a full shed had taken place while I was at work. I'm letting her stay in her hide, but I found what looks like an entire shed in one peice.

My question now is if I need to wait after shedding to handle her? I'd really wanted to feed her tomorrow, but if it will stress her...

Wis_fishing_guy
07-14-2008, 09:17 PM
After a fresh shed they are extra sensitive.I dont handle my snakes for a couple of days other than to move for a feeding.So go head and feed her she will be fine.You are doing great.Keep up the good work and keep asking questions:-)

dakota11
07-14-2008, 10:21 PM
I was going to do a post but say yours hope you don't mind adding to yours. One of mine is in the blue and due to be fed I hope it goes as smoothly as yours did. So from blue to shed was about 4 days? I hope that happens here as I am hesitant to attempt feed her plus she is very grumpy. She also had feeding issues prior to me getting her. How long should I wait to feed? last feed was july 10?

bitsy
07-15-2008, 07:10 AM
If she's had problems with feeding before and is extra jumpy going into a shed, I'd wait until after she sheds before offering food - just to save on the stress really. You don't want to trigger the eating problem again.

As long as she's otherwise healthy, she should be fine to wait a few extra days.

sarcare
07-15-2008, 07:53 AM
Well I should have checked back again, but last night I came out and she was out and about in her viv, which I almost never see, so I grabbed her. She was fine being held, but I can see what you say about being sensitive. I'll just grab her to feed her tonight. Her colors are very vivid now!

claireree
07-15-2008, 09:00 AM
I have three corn snakes 2 31/2 year old and 1 year old the weird thing is that they are all in the blue at the same time, mine all just get left to it but I do spray there viv every day and so far they seem to have shed complete. Imust admit they all look great afte they have shed.

Another question though how often do they shed one of mine seems to be shedding about every 4-5 weeks is this normal.

daneale777
07-15-2008, 12:58 PM
Well I should have checked back again, but last night I came out and she was out and about in her viv, which I almost never see, so I grabbed her. She was fine being held, but I can see what you say about being sensitive. I'll just grab her to feed her tonight. Her colors are very vivid now!
Does this mean that you might be taking photos tonight to post of your pretty new baby? Hint hint. ;)

I have three corn snakes 2 31/2 year old and 1 year old the weird thing is that they are all in the blue at the same time, mine all just get left to it but I do spray there viv every day and so far they seem to have shed complete. Imust admit they all look great afte they have shed.

Another question though how often do they shed one of mine seems to be shedding about every 4-5 weeks is this normal.

Four to five weeks is normal. Often, they will tend to shed more often if going through a "growing spurt," which tends to be when they're younger (at least with mine).

Susielea
07-15-2008, 02:02 PM
Yes it is perfectly normal for young corns to shed at 4 to 6 weekly intervals, as they are growing quite rapidly. The length of time between sheds lengthens as they mature, in fact my oldest boy has only shed 3 or 4 times this year :)

claireree
07-15-2008, 02:32 PM
ok great thats good then, they are all feeding each week so I suppose they will be growing well, all three are shedding this time I checked my young one earlier and her eyes were all clouded over.

I have sprayed her viv as her last shed wasnt that good, mind you she had been missing for 6 weeks and had just come back. The other two seem to always shed complete.

sarcare
07-15-2008, 07:35 PM
So I have some pics, I'll upload them shortly--she is feeding right now--and all I can say is that my baby is a butt muncher.:eatsmiley