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Cornsnake Shedding Habits?

Discussion in 'Corn Snakes' started by Panicking, May 11, 2008.

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  1. Panicking

    Panicking Active Member

    I have a new baby corn snake who's about 2 months and is shedding for the first time since I got him and it's making me kind of nervous.
    I checked on him today and he was dull in colour/milky eyes, and he's just begun the shedding process, but today was also his feeding day, and he didn't take the food.
    That should be normal right? They stop eating while shedding? So I wanted to know how long he'll take to shed? and when should I feed him (right after,a week after)? and isn't he going to starving?
    and is sphagnum moss safe (it supposedly helps with shedding)? because I heard it could cause bacteria growth?
    Any advice would be great thanks.
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    It is quite normal for a snake to not eat while in shed.
    The shedding cycle goes like this. The skin and eyes will get milky, a few days later they will go back to clear. A couple of days after that they will shed.
    The snake is not going to starve in this time frame. They can go much longer without food than you would think! A couple of days after the skin comes off it is fine to feed.
    Long fibered sphagnum is fine to use. It actually has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties.
  3. Panicking

    Panicking Active Member


    Great! thanks for the info! Now I calm stop being so nervous over this!:)
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