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Snake owner in Norwich? Learn more about shedding

April 21, 2019

If you own a pet snake, skin shedding will become a regular part of your calendar – but how do you recognise when it’s healthy and when your snake needs help?

In this article we’ll look at why snakes shed their skin, how you should care for them during the process and how to spot any problems.

Plus, if you’d like advice about any aspect of your snake’s health, please do book a check-up with us. Even if you don’t think anything is wrong, regular appointments once or twice a year might pick up a small issue and stop it turning into something bigger.

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Why snakes shed their skin

For snakes, shedding is part of the growing process. It’s completely natural and the frequency depends on the type of snake you own.

If you’re unsure if yours is shedding at a normal rate, please feel welcome to ask our nurse Sarah or another of our vet nurses. They can refer you to a vet if necessary.

How to care for a shedding snake

You’ll know it’s time to prepare if you see your snake’s eyes turn dull and blueish-white; while their skin will also appear more dull than usual. They may also behave differently and lose their appetite.

As well as the usual steps of making sure your snake’s cage is clean, contains coarse materials and has a good water supply; also add a basin of warm water (big enough for your snake to bathe) and raise the general humidity level.

Problems with snakes shedding

Sometimes snakes can shed skin in a patchy fashion, which isn’t healthy – or you might notice it taking longer than usual.

If this happens to your snake, first check the environment. Is it moist enough? Do they have enough water and coarse materials to help them? You can also try soaking your snake in a bath for 10-15 minutes.

However, if you’re concerned and not confident about correcting the problem, please do contact us for advice. We’re always happy to help snake owners in Norwich.