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Q: 8 Month Old Corn Snake- 2 sheds a month apart?
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My corn snake is about 8 months old. His last shed was exactly a month ago. This morning I woke up to find his shed in his tank. I didn't even know he was going to shed since he didn't seem to go into blue (though he does have red eyes, so it can be hard to tell). His color did seem to get paler, so I thought he would go into blue soon, but I had no idea he would shed so quickly. Is it normal for him to shed so often? He did have a few damaged scales from his last shed and is growing quickly, so I think that may be the reason, but I wanted some second opinions. He also shed twice in December. This is my first herp, so I worry about most things. 

Also, I can't tell if he shed his eye caps. They didn't seem to get lighter before he shed, so they look the same now, and I couldn't find them in his tank. He is still learning how to shed fully but has been getting a lot better. He will shed from his "neck" to his tail in one piece, but the rest comes off in pieces. Is there a way to tell if he shed them? I misted him and the tank just in case. I also noticed what looked like a tiny piece of shed stuck to one of his scales, but it didn't look like it was attached to a bigger piece. 

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Topics: General Health , Skin
Tags: Cornsnake, Shed, Shedding
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Member Comment 3/7/2018 9:32:50 AM


Nothing sounds out of the ordinary to me. Instead of misting, try using a bigger water dish and then covering part of the tank with something to hold the humidity in.

Member Comment 3/7/2018 2:55:10 PM


^agreed. if he's growing rapidly he'll shed more often.  you can always give him a brief, supervised bath in warm (not hot) water and then run a washcloth over him gently to remove any stuck shed, but if you bump the humidity as G suggested he'll probably straighten it out with the next shed.


as for eye caps, what do you mean "find them in the tank"? they come off in the bigger piece?

Member Comment 3/7/2018 5:48:02 PM


Also, are you using a heat lamp or an under tank heater? A lamp is going to dry the shit out of it's environment just fyi. I reccomend this for a UTH http://www.reptilebasics.com/ultratherm-heat-pads

You can get them from Amazon also but I only buy mine from RBI. 

Author Comment 3/7/2018 6:11:21 PM


Thank you for your responses! I tried the water dish thing for one of his last sheds, but I use a lamp so its really hard to keep the humidity up in his tank. I started off with an under tank heater I got from Amazon, but it didn't feel like it was working well and the temp gauge was reading fairly low, so I switched to the lamp.

For his first two or three sheds, he would shed in pieces. The first one was really bad, then I bumped up the humidity and the other two went better but still in pieces. Since his last shed, he's been able to shed most of it in one piece, but his head and parts of his "neck" come off separately. Here's a picture of what I mean:


Last shed, I found pieces almost exactly like what is in the picture, as well as a piece from his head with the eyecaps. This time, I found what is in the picture, but I have yet to find the shed from his head with the eye caps.

Member Comment 3/7/2018 8:21:53 PM


As said, it's going and likely just a growth spurt. Also bad sheds and injuries can cause repeat sheds as skin is attempting to heal itself. Ideally should shed in one nice piece. Check shed from head to see if eye caps came off, should be eye holes in shed. Now the shed can be rolled up like rolling of a sock and can tank some work unrolling to check it. Also good to make sure all of tail shed as retained shed could build up and constrict blood flow causeing issue with tail tip. If using a open screen top, try and cover as much as possible, as it lets heat and humidity escape straight out the top. It's too much ventilation, where if it stays wet there is not enough.

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