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Old 12-02-2010, 11:01 PM   #1
shevy_b
Flaky Skin

Hi,

I tried to see if this was already posted and I found a few threads but no answers.

I have an opal corn snake who is a bit overdue for a shed and has flaky skin (little flakes of skin every so often on a scale down his back). About 3 weeks ago he looked like he was in blue (although it is super hard to tell with him). He has since come out of blue but still no shed.

Should I give him a bath to try to hopefully help him start shedding?

Thanks,
Shevaughn
 
Old 12-02-2010, 11:06 PM   #2
Lennycorn
I won't say so. Has the snake have shedding problem before to warrant a bath??
 
Old 12-02-2010, 11:20 PM   #3
shevy_b
He's had a couple bad sheds when he was younger, but hasn't had a problem in a long time.

Should I not be concerned about the flakes then?
 
Old 12-02-2010, 11:24 PM   #4
Lennycorn
No, I seen picture (posted here) with snake that were flaking too.

If it makes you feel better you could just wipe him down with a damp towel.

Room temp let say.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 11:30 PM   #5
shevy_b
Okay, thanks
 
Old 12-02-2010, 11:49 PM   #6
ratsnakehaven
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I have an opal corn snake who is a bit overdue for a shed and has flaky skin (little flakes of skin every so often on a scale down his back). About 3 weeks ago he looked like he was in blue (although it is super hard to tell with him). He has since come out of blue but still no shed.

Shevaughn

Sounds like there could be a shedding problem there. Do you have a handle on the humidity in its cage?
 
Old 12-03-2010, 02:29 PM   #7
insomniac
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Originally Posted by shevy_b View Post
Hi,

I tried to see if this was already posted and I found a few threads but no answers.

I have an opal corn snake who is a bit overdue for a shed and has flaky skin (little flakes of skin every so often on a scale down his back). About 3 weeks ago he looked like he was in blue (although it is super hard to tell with him). He has since come out of blue but still no shed.

Should I give him a bath to try to hopefully help him start shedding?

Thanks,
Shevaughn
Did you try a humid hide? My snake had some skin that was kind of flaking off... I was suggested to try a humid hide with some moss and she went right in.. In less than one day her flaky skin was all gone and she shed perfectly one day later.
 
Old 12-03-2010, 04:04 PM   #8
shevy_b
The humidity is fine, but I'm going to try building a humid hide tonight, Thanks guys.
 
Old 12-03-2010, 04:05 PM   #9
shevy_b
Also, he's more obviously in blue now. So hopefully he'll shed well soon and I can stop worrying.
 
Old 12-03-2010, 04:34 PM   #10
Karoni
Good luck with your humid hide. For some reason, my snakes don't seem to like them. Someone on this site (can't remember who, unfortunately), told me to lay plastic wrap over part of the cage top. That does seem to help hold in the humidity. I also discovered that if I wet a couple of paper towels and wring them out a little and lay them in the cage (over the hides, etc.) that it raises the humidity about 30 percent. Sienna just had a perfect shed using that method, since she wouldn't go in the humid hide.
 

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