Ball Pythons Poor Incomplete Shedding:
a snake properly sheds, the skin comes off in one
complete piece. When a Ball Pythons enclosure is set up properly to meet the
snake’s needs it will shed without assistance. If your Ball Python consistently experiencing
shedding problems, it usually means the enclosure is too dry. You will need to bring the humidity level up. The humidity level
in the snake’s enclosure
should be at least 60%. Do not raise the
humidity too high, this can cause skin problems. If you do not address the lack
of humidity in the enclosure, your snake will constantly experience shedding
issues and you will find yourself consistently assisting it shed. An
accumulation of bad sheds built up over time, can be very detrimental to your
snake. If skin builds up around the opening to the cloaca, this can cause an
infection in your snake. Retained eye caps over time can cause scaring and
possible blindness. Over time, incomplete sheds will result in raised scales. Problems
shedding can also a sign of dehydration. Make sure your Ball Pythons has a
fresh supply of water. Check their water daily to make sure that it is free of defecation
or urate. If the snake’s water is dirty it will refrain from drinking the
water. The water bowl should be large enough for the Ball Python to soak itself
if it so chooses especially if you are experiencing shedding issues.
a couple of things you can do when your Python Regius experiences an incomplete shed. You can soak your snake in a
container or place a humidity box in the enclosure.
you attempt to assist your snake, make sure the snake is showing signs of shedding.
Once you have determined this you may begin the soaking.
Turn your A.C. off if you are running one.
Any cool drafts can potentially cause a respiratory infection.
Fill a container (not too deep) with warm
water; no warmer than 88-90 degrees. I use a temperature gun to determine this.
If you use room temperature water, make sure the room is not cold. The
container should have a two to three inch gap between the surface of the water
and the lid. Make sure the container is breathable, not air tight. The snake can
soak in the container from 15-30 minutes. Always make sure to check the water
temperature; you do not want it to get too cold.
Remove the snake from the water. Gently rub
your hand from the neck area down towards the tail. If the snake is truly ready
to shed, the skin will easily start to roll back. Remember always roll the skin
from the head to the tail. This is the natural direction in which a snake
the drying process, if the A.C. has been turned off and the enclosure is
properly heated and free from drafts, you can place the Ball Python directly
inside its housing. If the A.C. is on in this room you might want to dry your
Python Regius prior to placing the snake back in its enclosure. You can do so
by gently patting the snake down with either a towel or paper towels. The main
point is that your snake does not catch a cold draft of air, which could result
in a respiratory infection.
you use the type of enclosure that meets your snake’s needs, you will be less
likely to experience bad sheds. The enclosure must retain the proper humidity
levels. Unfortunately, many people house Ball Pythons in the same manner they
would house a desert lizard.