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Unlock the Mysteries of Snake Skin Shedding with Calum

June 21, 2024

Owning a pet snake means becoming familiar with the fascinating process of skin shedding, a regular occurrence in their life cycle. But how can you distinguish between a healthy shedding process and signs that your snake might need assistance?

In this article,Apex Vets’ exotics enthusiast & Vet Calum, will delve into the reasons why snakes shed their skin, explore proper care techniques during the shedding process, and discuss how to recognise and address any potential issues.

If, after reading this article, you have any questions or concerns about your snake’s shedding situation, Calum and our Denny team are here to help.

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Why Snakes Shed their Skin

Our Vet Calum explains that shedding is a natural part of a snake’s growth journey, allowing them to accommodate their expanding bodies. Shedding also helps remove old, worn-out skin and parasites, maintaining their health and vitality.

The frequency of shedding varies depending on the species of snake you own. If you’re unsure whether your snake’s shedding pattern is normal, don’t hesitate to reach out to Calum at Apex Vets, who has a passion for treating snakes and other reptiles.

Caring for your Shedding Snake

Recognising the signs of impending shedding is crucial. Look out for dull, blueish-white eyes and a generally dull appearance in your snake’s skin, along with potential changes in behaviour and appetite. To support your snake during this process, Calum says it’s important to ensure your snake’s habitat is clean, provide coarse materials, and maintain a good water supply. Additionally, introduce a basin of warm water for bathing and elevate the humidity level in the enclosure.

Addressing Shedding Challenges

While skin shedding is typically a smooth process, sometimes snakes may encounter difficulties, such as patchy shedding or prolonged shedding periods. In such cases, assess the habitat conditions – are they adequately moist, and does your snake have access to enough water and coarse materials? If problems persist, consider soaking your snake in a bath for 10-15 minutes. However, if you remain concerned or unsure about resolving the issue, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert advice. We’re dedicated to assisting snake owners in Stirlingshire and ensuring the wellbeing of your reptilian companion.

Contact us about snake shedding

Have you been searching for a “snake vet near me”? Look no further! Our exotics enthusiast & Vet Calum, at Apex Vets has many years’ experience treating snakes and other exotic pets. Call us on 01324 829 989 today.

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