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Posted by sblauvelt on April 29, 2003 at 00:18:26:
In Reply to: Shedding question or two posted by Passport on April 28, 2003 at 19:54:16:
Sounds like your doing fine. I don't use a moist hide with my kingsnakes and they shed fine, but I keep mine in plastic sweater boxes that stay relatively humid from the moisture evaporating out of the water bowl. It sounds like you have given your snake plenty of options, so let it decide if it needs moisture or not.
That is not to say that there is anything wrong with soaking your snake in room temp water, but it is probably not necessary. I would wait and see how this first shed goes. It is okay to skip a feeding, many snakes won't eat when they are opaque anyway. Remember most snakes do not actually shed until a couple of days after the blue coloring disappears, so be patient. Let nature take its course, if there are problems then come back for more advice. Good Luck!
:My knoblochi is looking miserable getting ready to shed. He is 3 years old and shed many times. But I didn't have him then. This is my first experience with a shedding snake. He has a crock for a water bowl. He has never gotten in it that I know of. I added a plastic container with a hole in the lid and some wet paper towels but he has not gone in there either. I suppose he knows what he is doing but I see where some folks put their snake in a bathtub and soak them. Is this necessary? Or will nature take it's course in it's own time? He has turned an awful shade of blue and must be close to full shed. Is there something else I should be doing? I am skipping his normal feeding this week. Is that OK? Thanks.