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Posted by joe clark on April 21, 2003 at 07:23:53:
In Reply to: substrate and shedding questions posted by supercooper on April 20, 2003 at 22:02:01:
:hi. i'm a new user to this site and i just got a corn snake about a month ago. i just wanted to know what kinds of substrate people use for their corns and which ones are the best. i'm currently using some calcium sand which is both ingestible and digestible, i just listened to the guy at the pet store. also is it normal for corns to become inactive while shedding? mine has been for the past couple of days and i noticed that his eyes have turned milky which suggests that it's time to shed. your answers will be greatly appreciated. thank you.
Personally, I've always been a fan of papertowels for substrate. While they aren't necessarily pleasing to the eye, they ARE cheap, virtually un-ingestible, and allow for easy monitoring of poops.
If your snakes eyes have clouded over he is getting ready to shed. Generally the entire shedding process ('ecdysis') takes 5-10 days, depending on the size/age of the snake.
Your snake will shed a couple or three days after his eyes clear up. It is always a good idea to mist/spray the enclosure with water a couple of times while the snake is in shed. The raised humidity will help with the shed.
I'm too sure misting the calci-sand is the best of ideas. All I can think is water + sand = MUD. Regardless though, give the enclosure a good misting and he should have no problems shedding.