Why do reptiles shed at all? Reptiles grow as all animals do, but their skin does not grow with them. This is the reason why reptiles need to shed their skin regularly in order for the new skin to accompany their growth.
Healthy reptiles, snakes, lizards and others, show frequent and easy shedding. If you observe an infrequent or incomplete shedding, it needs your attention. There are some facts you need to know in order to aid your reptile shedding.
Mainly you need to find out how often your pet reptile normally is shedding. Younger reptiles shed more frequently than older. Adult Iguanas for example should shed every 4-6 weeks. When you buy your reptile make sure to find out how often its shedding should happen.
Generally said you should see frequent shedding in a quite constant interval. As soon as you see infrequent shedding or very rare shedding – just once or twice a year – you need to take care of it with a proper shedding aid. In any case, if you feel insecure about the shedding of your reptile, ask your vet for advice. Some shedding aids even work between sheddings. That might be important for certain shedding problems.
Your reptile shows signs before shedding that helps you to find out if it needs aid or not. The colors of the reptile become dull, some even change the overall color. Reptiles stop eating immediately before shedding. Some show hostile behaviors when they are disturbed during shedding, others not at all.
The shedding process happens differently for different reptiles. Snakes for example shed their skin normally in one piece. Lizards on the other hand most often shed in several pieces. Shedding in one piece should only take place in some hours. Shedding in several pieces can happen over the duration of 2-3 weeks. It shouldn’t last longer than 3 weeks though.
Incomplete and infrequent shedding is a sign for problems your reptile has. It might be caused by husbandry problems or diet problems. Make sure that your reptile‘s housing is appropriately moisturized, lighted and gives enough possibility for your reptile to rub off old skin. Also take a closer look at its diet. Does the food provide the necessary nutrients? And of course, last but not least, stressed reptiles show always improper shedding. Give your pet enough privacy, calmness for its shedding. Is the cause for an abnormal shedding illness of any kind, please contact your vet immediately.
There are great shedding aids available that you can use to help your reptile shedding properly. Most of them contain Aloe Vera and other emollients that soften the old skin and add healthy luster to the new skin.
Read the item descriptions and the customer reviews in order to find out which brand and shedding aid will be the best for your situation and for your pet.
I hope you find among the following 3 Shedding Aids the perfect one.
Fluker Labs Aloe Dechlorinator
- Formulated for reptiles, amphibians, hermit crabs, arachnids
- Neutralizes toxic chlorine and chloramines making tap water safe
- Detoxifies heavy metasl such as copper, lead, zinc
- With Aloe Vera and vitamin E
- 8 ounce bottle
- Treats up to 470 gallons
I use it in my water dragons enclosure. It helps her shed and heals and nose rubs she might have. I love it because you can feel the aloe in it.
My bearded dragons used to drink their water with it in there without a problem.
I really like this whole line of products. I use this with my Eastern Spiny Softshell’s tank and my Chinese Water Dragons water pond.
Zilla Shed-Ease Bath
- Rich formula of aloe vera and other emollients
- 8 ounces of Ease-Shed
- Add 10 ml to 16 ounces of water
- Soak for 20 minutes
As a shed bath – its intended directions – it is wonderful and does indeed help your reptile in the shedding process, more specifically, any reptile you can give a short bath to (10-15 minutes in luke warm water), such as a snake, gecko, or iguana.
This helps the shed to losen and fall off better than without it. Just mix it in a spray bottle and spray them with when needed.
We have 2 snakes (western hognose and ball python) and one leopard gecko. If any of them ever seem to have really dry skin and shedding seems delayed, we usually give them a shallow warm bath with some of this Zilla Shed-Ease.
Zoo Med Shedding Aid
- Conditions reptile’s skin
- Provides visible sheen
- Long lasting
- Works between sheds
- Keeps the skin moist and pliable
My goodness, I am so happy I decided to purchase this, and I will continue using as a monthly treatment, even if her sheds improve I will continue to use this stuff as a preventative and to condition her.
I have a young Ball Python, he had some difficulties shedding. With Reptile Shed Aid, we could literally spray it right on the eyes, and he didn’t seem to mind it at all.
Within 24 hours of spraying this on him (Bearded Dragon) and rubbing it in, the stubborn shed that I had been struggling to get off for 2 weeks came off.