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    Leopard Gecko Shedding Problems

    My leopard gecko is not shedding properly. He shed sometime last night or this morning. His skin is not detaching from his nose and/or his eyes. I only recently got him and I am not experienced with caring for reptiles. According to the hygrometer, the humidity is 60%. There is a shelter in his cage that I mist daily. I have also placed a plastic container lined with warm, wet paper towels in his cage. He has never had shedding problems before. What should I do?






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    Re: Leopard Gecko Shedding Problems

    60% humidity is to high, even for shedding. It should be 45 to 50% during sheds and then dropped down to 35 to 40% between. Warm baths are good for shed troubles, and some olive oil (not much) but enough to coat the area.

    Spraying your Leo daily is not recommended. They come from dry clement and do not need to be sprayed daily.
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Shedding Problems

    Im having the exact same problem with my leopard gecko. I've had him for about 4 years and ever since i moved into my current apartment he has had difficulty shedding on his eyes and nose. I soak him daily, the humidity in his tank is always between 50-80% and now ive actually resorted to pulling the skin off myself with tweezers! He actually got an eye infection 8 months ago because he was not shedding correctly. I tried switching his substrated, i added more Under Tank Heater pads, nothing is helping. Just keep an eye on him, make sure ur leo is still eating and drinking and hipefully you won't have as much trouble as me.

    Oh and you may want to switch to using carpet in your leo's tank, if sand or something gets in his eye that could be bad. Thats what caused my leo's eye to got infected. I guess shedding their skin is how they clean out their eyes :-/.

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    Re: Leopard Gecko Shedding Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Deadkenlover View Post
    I soak him daily, the humidity in his tank is always between 50-80% and now ive actually resorted to pulling the skin off myself with tweezers!:-/.
    Oh goodness...PLEASE don't do this.. no matter how much you think you are helping your Leopard Gecko, pulling off the skin is NOT something you need to do. Skin loosens and then comes off at different times, and when you try to "pull off" the skin that is still attached you are causing your leopard gecko pain and injury.

    Also, daily soaking is not the best idea either...(During a difficult shed, daily soaks can be used, but that should only be done for a short time.) All geckos will at times have difficult sheds, however, if the shedding is continually difficult, then there is an underlying problem with the gecko or his environment...and those need to be fixed.

    The head and nose area are often the last to shed during difficult sheds and one suggestion is to take a Q-tip or cotton ball that has been moistened with olive oil and rub that into the unshed area..(You can also use the shed-away, shed-ease and so forth named products that pet stores sell.) Whatever you choose, the main purpose is to moisten that area so that the Leopard Gecko can then shed it on his/her own..
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Shedding Problems

    If q-tips don't work for you either you can always try gently massaging the area with a bit of moist sponge (the natural kind that feel a bit like dense cake work best). When we adopted our first leo she had a bunch of built-up shed from poor care in her previous dwelling and this was the only thing that worked for us.
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Shedding Problems

    the lst 4 months or so i have had the same problem with Lizzy. Depending on how cozy yours is in your hands, i take Lizzy and grab a warm moist washcloth. I let her run around in 1/2 inch of water in my bathtub for twenty minutes then pick her up and set her in the washcloth in my hand. I wrap it around the top of her head keeping her mouth free and she uses the washcloth to help get the skin off herself. I use mineral oil on her feet when her gloves dont come off but this is all i have found that really works without hurting her. Good luck

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    Re: Leopard Gecko Shedding Problems

    Zoo-med has a spray called shed aid. It's a small bottle. Safe to eat and won't hurt eyes. It's full of vitamins and minerals. It works for me. Good luck.

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