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Old 08-14-2011, 01:15 AM
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Question Shedding Boa??

I have a very young red tail boa and she started to shed a couple days ago, and the skin on her head peeled right off. But the skin on the rest of her body just hasnt come off yet, and its been a few days now. Its all dry and stuff but not coming off. My corn snake sheds in a matter of minutes and i am slightly worried. what do i do? is there something wrong with her?
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:23 PM
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When this happens to Lucy, I will put her under some lukewarm water in the sink and gently pull the skin off of her...if it doesn't come off, it can cause an infection. This is probably because the humidity is not high enough in the cage. When Lucy is getting ready to shed (she will go into blue; you will notice the difference) I will take extra care to spray her cage down a few times a day. This has solved the problem, pretty much.
You just want to run the water over her to get her moist and as you gently work at the loose skin, it should come right off.
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:27 AM
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You just need to up the humidity in her cage a bit. Do as Wiccan says. Put her in some lukewarm water, but I wouldn't pull the skin off her. Just gently rub it down her body. Pulling can cause pain for the snake if done even a little too hard.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:59 PM
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But please remember that warm water (to YOUR touch) is very hot to a cold blooded snake. If the snake goes bizzerk the water is most likely too warm!
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:45 PM
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next time you can tell she'll be shedding even misting her once a day will make a big difference in the days leading to the shed. my 6+ foot boa used to shed in pieces and make a huge mess and lots of noise over the span of a week. now when her eyes blue i mist her every day then boom! i'll come in my room and she'll have shed no problem.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:30 AM
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Alrighty folks! I'm back! (don't keep chaging forums on me LOL)

I recently had a problem similar to this with m new baby. She did not have a clean shed. It felt all dry and such. It's areally gross feeling and makes you wonder if you have a "mean" snake...

What I did was similar to what WicanMan said. But I put her in a tub of her own, lukewarm water and let her (or him) swim for a while. Then my son and I were abl eto gently bring the rest of the shed off. Ther eis only one part of the neck, about 2-3 inches below the head that is not doing so well but I'm nto sure if she (or he) is just thin or just dry.

One th ing is that I was using Cypress Mulch and the snake was burrowing and was somewhat confused. So I wonder if that was part of the problem? But so far, things are good I think. I'm keeping an eye out on for the next shed.Hopefully I won't have too many issues.
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