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Posted by Alex Mc on January 30, 2003 at 20:26:52:
In Reply to: Re: atb shedding probs posted by boaboy13 on January 30, 2003 at 14:05:31:
Inablility to shed on a regular basis often indicates a problem in husbandry. It is very likely that you need to MAINTAIN your humidity at a higher level on a continuous basis. Misting an enclosure with excessive ventilation only ups the humidity for a short duration and is insufficient overall. If your enclosure's microclimate is correct, you would rarely, if ever, need to assist shed. Putting an amazon in a foot of water and leaving it for 2 hours is nothing less than exhausting and extremely stressful for your pet. When giving such advice consider the various sizes of snakes kept by the readers...I can see some amazon neonates going through this process in a foot of water. You try hanging out in a large tank of water with nothing to hang onto for two hours. I don't recommend poking around your pet's eye with tweezers nor dunking it's head under water. All it really takes to soften their shed skin is a misting bottle while you manually complete the shed. Putting the amazon in a moist bag kept at the appropriate temperature for a short duration is acceptable and has been know to work nicely as well. Just some food for thought, please don't take it wrong as I can see your intentions are good.
Magus, your set-up sounds good but I would add many many more branches and perching options than just one diagonal rod in the tank. You'll find the amazon really appreciates this especially at night. Good luck to ya.
Alex Mc : )-<
:Hey, i have the same prob with all my amazons, take him out (you may want to have a box of band aids near by) and get a bin to hold water (a trash can works to) put some air holes on top, make sure there is no way he can climb and hang on the edge, put about a foot of warm water in it. (you need more water with abroile (spelling?) snakes, put him in put the lid on and let him soak for about 2 hrs, i try to do this each day till he clears up. For skin that is stuck on the eye cap, take him by the head and get a bow of water, put his head under water for 5 secs at a time, do this about 6-7 times, then very very gently rub your finger over the eye cap, the mimbring of skin should come off, if not dont keep rubing, or rub to hard! You can damage the eye cap if your not careful, also i herd that you can take twesers and get the dead skin at the corner of the eye and pull the skin off, i have never tryed doing that yet. Also you can take a wet snake bag and put him it for a little while, i did it with last litter of ATB babies and it worked great. Well good luck and let us know if it works or not, if you still have probloms e-mail me
:P.s im sorry but im in a rush, sorry for any bad grammer or words that i miss spelled
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