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    Shed concerns

    Hello,
    Just wanted some opinions from more experienced snake keepers on whether or not this is normal- Iíve had my bp since November and all seems to be going well, but Iím getting a little concerned because she hasnít had a shed since 3/4/20, and she hasnít shown signs that sheís going into shed yet... seems like a long time to me but is this a cause for concern? Iíve been keeping the humidity up a bit (btwn 60-80%) to possibly try to trigger her shed but no luck.
    thanks for the input!!

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    I wouldn't worry. It will happen when it happens. I have had some snakes go a good while between sheds and have had some shed and go right back into blue and shed again.

    I think snakes do things to stress us out. It must be great fun for them.
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    Re: Shed concerns

    Yeah, don't stress. However, I would not preemptively keep humidity up. Humidity that is too high can cause problems just as humidity too low can.

    I shoot for 50-55% humidity for my BP and up to about 65-70% when ready to shed (after going into "blue"). If you aren't sure what that is feel free to ask. But basically, your BP's eyes will cloud over before actually shedding (several days, or longer, later). That's when you up the humidity.

    Basically, 60% is fine, but 80% is too much for normal conditions.

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    What size prey are you feeding? How often? How much does the snake weigh?

    If she's underfed she may be taking a while to shed.
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    Re: Shed concerns

    I wouldnít stress. Itís only been about 3 months since your bp had shed. You put the date as 03/04/20, so Iím assuming March 4th( let me know if thatís correct) otherwise, April 3.

    Whatís the age of your snake? Adult bp wonít shed as often as younger ones do. Even young ones can take an average of 2-4 months before they shed. And even so, every snake is going to be a little different. Some snakes will go for several months without shedding.

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    Re: Shed concerns

    You mentioned how long YOU'VE had this snake, but not the age of the snake. As snakes get a little older, they tend to shed at longer intervals, & of course, shedding means growth so it also depends on available prey eaten...is it possible you're feeding on the light side? Humidity only facilitates their shed...it's doesn't make it happen any faster, just easier when it does.
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    Re: Shed concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by Faith.luu View Post
    I wouldnít stress. Itís only been about 3 months since your bp had shed. You put the date as 03/04/20, so Iím assuming March 4th( let me know if thatís correct) otherwise, April 3.

    Whatís the age of your snake? Adult bp wonít shed as often as younger ones do. Even young ones can take an average of 2-4 months before they shed. And even so, every snake is going to be a little different. Some snakes will go for several months without shedding.
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    Re: Shed concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Yeah, don't stress. However, I would not preemptively keep humidity up. Humidity that is too high can cause problems just as humidity too low can.

    I shoot for 50-55% humidity for my BP and up to about 65-70% when ready to shed (after going into "blue"). If you aren't sure what that is feel free to ask. But basically, your BP's eyes will cloud over before actually shedding (several days, or longer, later). That's when you up the humidity.

    Basically, 60% is fine, but 80% is too much for normal conditions.
    +1 -- beware of RIs and they won't shed as a response to the humidity level.
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    Re: Shed concerns

    Thanks for the heads up about the humidity. Iíll keep it keep drop it down until I see her showing signs of shed. Yes, her last shed was March. She is a hatchling and has shed twice since Iíve had her. Iím wondering if I need to move up in prey size, I recently switched her over to f/t mice (about 18g) and last time I weighed her a couple weeks ago she was about 230g.

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    Re: Shed concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazz332 View Post
    Thanks for the heads up about the humidity. Iíll keep it keep drop it down until I see her showing signs of shed. Yes, her last shed was March. She is a hatchling and has shed twice since Iíve had her. Iím wondering if I need to move up in prey size, I recently switched her over to f/t mice (about 18g) and last time I weighed her a couple weeks ago she was about 230g.
    For what itís worth .

    I randomly spray all my snake vivs but when one goes into shed I spray each day and then as soon as the eyes clear / the colour returns I then increase the spraying to two or three times daily .. they always shed perfectly in the following few days


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