Snake Care - Skin Shedding
Everyone knows that snakes shed their skin as they grow. it very simple to care for them to ensure that this natural process goes over well and ensures a full shed, every time. If your snake has problems, they may become apparent after the shedding as it is very clear if there issues around this time.
The Big Key: Humidity
Snakes need a slightly different humidity when it comes to shedding. This can be achieved easily by having a humidity hide box, a simple plastic container with damp moss in it. This will provide a boost in humidity that the snake can take advantage of during these times if it has some trouble. A dish of water that they can slip though would likely be appreciated too.
When it comes to new skin, snakes can be very sensitive. Try to minimize handling while the snake is shedding. If you have to, do so carefully. Be respectful of your snake.
Accessories for shedding
There are things that you add in that will help your snake with their shed. Smooth rocks and driftwood will be a great aid to the snake. Be sure that they are smooth and not too rough.
Don't worry if your Snake stops eating briefly
There are times that this will happen when they are getting hungry. If your snake doesn't eat as usual, just try again after the shedding or a little later in the process. if your snake is hungry, give it something smaller than usual to ease the stress on its body.
Expect a potential Increase in aggression
Part of the process has the snake shed its eye covers. This causes it to lose some vision. As it can't see as well, it feels a much stronger urge to protect itself and will become much more defensive.
Check the skin for a complete shed
After the shedding process is complete, gather up the skin and check it for completeness. This can show any areas that the snake might have missed. This can be a sign of problems or a simple matter of humidity in the snake's cage.