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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Snake trying to shed?

Now I have a mystery for you reptile lovers that probably has an incredible obvious answer but since I'm a noob...

So I believe its a ball python about 9 years old that a friend has which he keeps in a 55g tank. Now the snake hasn't shed in two months and recently, its behavior is as if it wants to shed. However, its eyes aren't cloudy nor are there any other signs of shedding other than its behavior. Any ideas about what its trying to do?

Before we tackle the mystery I have a few questions: An older snake doesn't shed so often, right? About how often should it shed?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 02:43 PM
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an adult BP will only shed a few times a year if fed properly.

a glass aquarium is not the most ideal living space for a BP. they do not hold humidity well and proper humidity is key a healthy shed.

also, how are you heating the tank?

a pic would help out greatly to help fix this problem


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 03:53 PM
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I don't know much about snakes, a fellow chef of mine back when kept a BP. We would talk pets every so often. What I picked up was that if they start to pale and grey in they eyes, they should not be fed. They tolerate household conditions well, but A/C isn't going to do them the best. He opted for lamp warming, he didn't feel inter tank mats and controllers were in his budget, but I know he had that snake for over half a decade. We lost contact over the last few years, but if you can't find answers here or via Google, I would be happy to mail him with any questions you have.

I remember him specifying his snake female, it could be man/woman thing??
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 06:16 AM
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He will shed when he needs to. Once he's in blue you can facilitate a cleaner shed by offering a shed box. All you need is a plastic shoebox or an old (clean) piece of tupperware with a hole in it and some well-moistened sphagnum moss. Or you can simply give him a good warm soak if his shed seems to be getting stuck.
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