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Discussion in 'Pituophis (Pines, Bulls, Gophers)' started by YellowOctopus, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. YellowOctopus

    YellowOctopus Elite Member


    Everything's been going well with Hyperion thus far, though last week we had a spot of trouble. Before I begin, temps are 88F hot end, 78F cool end, upper 60sF at night, ~50% humidity. On paper towel.

    Anyways. Last week he went into shed, and it was indeed a wonderful shed until the last 5 inches or so of it, which just won't come off. I tried leaving a towel in his favorite hide, but it so far hasn't done anything after two days. Is a bath a good solution? Are there any better solutions?

  2. jtwilson3

    jtwilson3 Elite Member

    Uh is it a snake or a lizard? What breed is it?

    If a reptile then I have given mine baths before. I just take an aquarium thermometer or my tank thermometer that has a probe and get the water temperature to about 85 is mine usually. That way its not a system shock ya know? Baths are never a bad idea. Just DON'T pull the skin off.

    If it is a snake (I have not personally owned a snake so don't quote me but I have HEARD and READ someone telling someone else to do this with their snake. They said to take a pillowcase and put a damp towel in there and tie the pillowcase. Leave the snake in there all night and take him out the next morning.

    Again I never owned the snake but I think someone else might back me up on that one. Wait for someone else to come along though too. Plus you can always raise the humidity of the cage a little.
  3. YellowOctopus

    YellowOctopus Elite Member

    Sorry, he's a Sonoran gopher. I figured it didn't matter among Pituophis.
  4. jtwilson3

    jtwilson3 Elite Member

    Oh I didn't read the origninal post. All I saw was "Bathing" lol
  5. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Could be a humidity issue, misting during the day and the pillowcase trick might be a good idea for getting off the stuck shed. Wet pillowcase with a wet towel, I would also up the night time temp, no lower than 70. Humidity during shed is important. Soak in a shallow bath, even just his tail where the problem is.
  6. YellowOctopus

    YellowOctopus Elite Member

    Thanks. I moved the water dish closer to the heat sources during the day (humidity just tanked here in about a week, went from 70% outside to 30% outside), so that's up a bit, and I tossed a wet towel in the hide overnight before trying the pillowcase trick, which worked a bit. The pillowcase and towel overnight took care of the rest.


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