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Old 11-01-2017, 02:57 PM   #1
MGreenuk
Shedding

Hi can anybody help me. My young 16 weeks corn snake is having a really bad shed. He has bits hanging off every were and has done for a while now. Iíve been spraying the stuff on him that the pet shop told me to do and bathed him but donít seem to be making a difference his eyes have been cleared for a few weeks now itís just the rest of him thatís hanging off in different places. He needs to shed so he can eat as he hasnít eaten since the 30/09 can anybody advise please x


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Old 11-01-2017, 05:24 PM   #2
Strikealight
Hopefully someone with a lot more experience will post, but in the meantime I'll pass on what I have read elsewhere. The usual advice seems to be to give the snake a good soak for 30 mins or so in an inch of lukewarm water at the bottom of a lidded container, or in a container with damp moss or damp paper towels, and then get him to crawl through a wet towel in your hands a few times which hopefully will gently remove the remaining scraps of shed.

In the meantime,you might want to give some thought about your set up. As I understand it, bad sheds like this can indicate that the humidity levels in your snake's enclosure are too low. Are you heating it with a bulb as opposed to a heat mat? Is there a decent sized water bowl in it? Do you provide a moist hide when your snake is about to shed?

Hope this helps, and that things work out OK.
 
Old 11-01-2017, 05:27 PM   #3
MGreenuk
Hi thank you for your help. I had an experienced snake owner come have a look and apparently his set up is spot on. Iíve done everything but the towel thing. I donít want to hurt him heís looking better tonight more has come off x


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Old 11-01-2017, 05:28 PM   #4
Strikealight
Oh - and personally I would feed him straight away if he will eat - a month seems to me to
be a long time for a 16 week corn to not be eating, and I'm not aware of any material reason not to press on just because of an incomplete shed.
 
Old 11-01-2017, 05:30 PM   #5
MGreenuk
He wonít eat but heís started to look up and open his mouth so Iím going to try feed him tonight now most of his shed is off as Iím worrying thank you very much


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Old 11-01-2017, 05:41 PM   #6
Strikealight
Glad to hear things seem to be moving in the right direction.

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I had an experienced snake owner come have a look and apparently his set up is spot on.
Might still want to describe your setup for folks on this forum to consider and comment on. Many of them are based in the US - home of the corns - and have kept and reared more corns than you and I have had cups of tea! There are some world-famous experts and pioneers on here. No disrespect to your friend - his evaluation of your setup may be spot on - but I have had some pretty terrible advice from "experts". Some longtime snake keepers specialise more in other species that can have quite different care requirements, and they may not have kept pace with developments. No harm in getting a free second opinion on here! Something seems to be amiss with your snake, and you can reassure yourself as to whether there is a little tweak you could make in your setup that might make all of the difference.
 
Old 11-01-2017, 05:43 PM   #7
Strikealight
Sorry - we keep crossing our posts! Good luck!
 
Old 11-01-2017, 05:58 PM   #8
MGreenuk
Thatís great. Iíll take a picture of it


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Old 11-02-2017, 07:09 AM   #9
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He wonít eat but heís started to look up and open his mouth so Iím going to try feed him tonight now most of his shed is off as Iím worrying thank you very much


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That sounds like signs of respiratory illness. Food refusal can also be a symptom. At this point I might seek veterinary advice.
 
Old 11-02-2017, 07:13 AM   #10
MGreenuk
He shedded completely last night he looks like heís hunting now so Iíll try feed him tonight. Iíve rang a vet and they said he should be ready to eat and the bad shed could be because itís his first shed with me so Iíll see if he eats tonight


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