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    Bad shed? No problem.

    I thought I would try and make a visual step by step guide for soaking, since this problem comes up quite frequently. It is possible to contribute to a bad shed by soaking prior to the actual shed. These steps should be taken after the shed has failed to come off. If the snake has not managed to complete it's shed after 24 hours, then it's okay to help it out.

    Step 1 - Start with a bad shed. They're really not a big deal, and happen to everyone. Just double check your husbandry that you are providing 50-60% humidity, and 70% during the shed cycle.



    Step 2 - Grab a container (mine is a shoebox sized rubbermaid) and fill the container with tepid (luke warm) water to 1/2 to 3/4 the "height" of your snake. You do NOT want the snake to have to swim constantly.



    I throw in a old wash cloth as well, and then use it later to help remove shed. This part is not necessary.



    Step 3 - Put snake in the container.



    Step 4 - Put lid on. (There are no holes in this container, and aren't necessary as the container is NOT air tight and we will only be leaving the snake in here for ONLY a hour - no more!) Once the snake is secured in the container, place the whole setup back into the enclosure whether it's in a rack or tank. (I just happen to have a rack) Let soak 45 - 60 minutes.



    Step 5 - After 60 minutes remove the container and snake. I use the washcloth, and let the snake slide through it to remove the shed. You can use whatever is handy.



    Step 6 - A happy, well shed snake. If you were not able to get all the shed off in this attempt. Wait 24 hours and try again until all shed is gone. (which should not take more than a couple attemtps)

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    On your knees you look up decide you've had enough
    You get mad you get strong wipe your hands shake it off
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    Re: Bad shed? No problem.

    great tutorial!
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    Re: Bad shed? No problem.

    Excellent post Christie. I remember how unsure I was the first time I had to soak a snake and how much great help I got here at BPNet. Even better now though that you've provided the pictorial.
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    Re: Bad shed? No problem.

    Christie...This is really good. We should get one of the Admins to Sticky it so everyone can refer to it when needed.


    Great Job.

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    Great pic tutorial Christine
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    Re: Bad shed? No problem.

    Great tutorial it will come in handy for many people.
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    Re: Bad shed? No problem.

    I'm new to BP's and snakes in general. I "rescued" a BP with a previous bad shed. Well, I woke up to find that he shed most of his skin last night. I just pulled him out of his hide and saw his head didn't shed, so he has a retained head shed.
    Anyway, I tried to gently get the fringe of the shed to help out but he's head shy.
    Anyone have any ideas about how to get the last bit of shed off? Other than this it was a great one piece shed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerlily
    I thought I would try and make a visual step by step guide for soaking, since this problem comes up quite frequently. It is possible to contribute to a bad shed by soaking prior to the actual shed. These steps should be taken after the shed has failed to come off. If the snake has not managed to complete it's shed after 24 hours, then it's okay to help it out.

    Step 1 - Start with a bad shed. They're really not a big deal, and happen to everyone. Just double check your husbandry that you are providing 50-60% humidity, and 70% during the shed cycle.



    Step 2 - Grab a container (mine is a shoebox sized rubbermaid) and fill the container with tepid (luke warm) water to 1/2 to 3/4 the "height" of your snake. You do NOT want the snake to have to swim constantly.



    I throw in a old wash cloth as well, and then use it later to help remove shed. This part is not necessary.



    Step 3 - Put snake in the container.



    Step 4 - Put lid on. (There are no holes in this container, and aren't necessary as the container is NOT air tight and we will only be leaving the snake in here for ONLY a hour - no more!) Once the snake is secured in the container, place the whole setup back into the enclosure whether it's in a rack or tank. (I just happen to have a rack) Let soak 45 - 60 minutes.



    Step 5 - After 60 minutes remove the container and snake. I use the washcloth, and let the snake slide through it to remove the shed. You can use whatever is handy.



    Step 6 - A happy, well shed snake. If you were not able to get all the shed off in this attempt. Wait 24 hours and try again until all shed is gone. (which should not take more than a couple attemtps)

    i look everywhere for the shed problem even the vets didnt help me as much as your post, thanks for sharing. steve

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    Re: Bad shed? No problem.

    I'm glad you found it helpful.
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    Re: Bad shed? No problem.

    I always soak Monty when his eyes get cloudy. Then when the skin gets really dry I soak him again and then peel it for him. I started doing this after he tried to shed on his own and ended up with scales that were dull from rubbing himself on his logs too hard.

    I am sure my humidity is not right but he doesn't seem to mind my peeling him.
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