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shed again

chad27
08-05-2009, 08:59 PM
hello all this is nothing to worry about just wanted to see if anyone has ever seen a snake shed twice within a month My adult amel shed almost 4 weeks ago and i noticed she was in blue yesterday. this will be twice in 4 weeks

marike
08-06-2009, 02:06 AM
Hi,

if a snake sheds more frequently than before, this might be a sign either for an injury or exogenous parasites (e.g. mites).
In case of an injury the snake increases shedding to outgrow the damaged skin. in case of parasites the snakes tries to get rid of them.

Take a close look at the snake slough as soon as she's done. It doesn't have to be parasites, maybe she just slightly scratched a scale somewhere.

Hope that helps.
Greetings,
marike

glenhead
08-06-2009, 12:01 PM
Our big amel shed twice in a month a couple of times. Both times it was after a few bigger-than-usual meals. Sometimes they have a bit of a growth spurt, or so it seems.

That said, marike is right - check the shed skin and look for anything out of the ordinary. If everything looks copacetic, just chalk it up to one of those weird things.

COerriccaRN
08-07-2009, 12:18 AM
A GREAT test for parasites such as mites is to wet a plain white paper towel and let your snake crawl completely through it. If you see small black dots, those are parasites!

BobbyHill
08-07-2009, 02:29 PM
I've found that my adult is going through a spring-time growth spurt and shedding a bit more than often. Assuming there are no external parasites or injuries, I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Susielea
08-07-2009, 07:48 PM
A GREAT test for parasites such as mites is to wet a plain white paper towel and let your snake crawl completely through it. If you see small black dots, those are parasites!

Small black dots can also be dirt particles, but if they move or turn the damp paper towel red when you squish them with your nail, then they are probably mites :)

COerriccaRN
08-08-2009, 01:43 AM
Yes, i forgot to put "if they move." Thanks for clearing that up :)

chad27
08-08-2009, 08:58 AM
Well it is not mites. No black spots Moved her feeding up some to start putting some weight on for up coming brumation. I think this may be the reason.