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Nanci 09-09-2007 06:27 PM

Bad/Incomplete Shed: What To Do
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If your snake sheds, and all you find is a few pieces, check the snake to make sure all the shed has come off. You may find your snake still has pieces of shed clinging to her! Don't worry, but don't leave her like that, either.

Nanci 09-09-2007 06:29 PM

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Take a plastic container (I used a feeding container with a secure lid and air holes) and put in a washcloth and fill with room temperature water- just enough to cover most of the snake's body, but not over her head so she has to swim. Put the snake in and set a timer for 20 minutes.

Nanci 09-09-2007 06:30 PM

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I checked Lila after ten minutes, and saw that all of her shed appeared to be in the container, rubbed off by her slithering through the wet washcloth. I took her out and ran her through the washcloth several times to be sure. I noted that the shed included a complete tail tip.

Nanci 09-09-2007 06:31 PM

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Next, take your beautiful snake out for a photoshoot in her new skin!

Thanks for looking- hopefully this will help someone down the line!


CALIVIK 09-09-2007 06:38 PM

Nanci your so wonderful girl! Lila is so happy she has a Momma like you! :)

And thanks for the instructions. I always wondered how to do it.

kisskiss! :p

Roy Munson 09-09-2007 06:39 PM

What a beauty! I've only had a few bad sheds like that, and I did pretty much the same thing. I left them in a container full of damp paper towels for a couple of hours.

Nanci 09-09-2007 06:40 PM

That's only my second bad shed with seven snakes in two years.


Snake Dave 09-09-2007 06:40 PM

Excellent advice there Nanci, I'm sure that'll help me in the future. :)

Vinny/Birmingham/UK 09-09-2007 06:58 PM

Wonderful pictures.

The Knight 09-12-2007 02:48 AM

Hey Nanci....thank you so much. Just came across this. I should be getting my first corns in tmrw (Weds), pretty excited about it. A Common and a Miami Phase.
Been doing alot of homework on all aspects, and this idea of yours is terrific. I'll definitely bookmark. Thank you.
Oh.....and Lila is Gorgeous :D

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