Skin Shedding Problems in Reptiles

Let's talk about skin shedding problems in reptiles.

If you are a reptile owner, then you know that reptiles shed their old skin for new beautiful skin.

Sometimes, a reptile experiences some issues during this process. Skin shedding problems in reptiles is also known as disecdysis.

Disecdysis can cause different problems in reptiles. Incomplete shedding in which some skin remains are the eyes, toes, and tail is fairly common. Infections can be the result of unshed skin. If a reptile didn't properly shed and then develop red, irritated skin that has pus, they have an infection. Reptiles with an infection should be taken to a vet and will probably need medication.

Sometimes bands of old unshed skin gets stuck on a reptile and acts as a tourniquet which leads to tissue death and the loss of a toe or part of their tail. If you notice any unshed skin that looks like it could cause these problems, try to carefully remove it.

If your reptile's color changes and their eyes get milky, it is time for them to shed. When you notice this you can help by making their home more humid. High humidity helps skin shed more easily. You can also give your reptile daily warm baths to soak in. This help soften the skin for easy shedding.

Another option is to add extra rocks, rough bark, or anything that can help rub skin off. When peeling many reptiles will rub on rough surfaces to help get the old skin off. Some reptiles even eat their shedding skin because it's full of nutrients that can be reabsorbed into their body when eaten.

If skin is not shedding from a reptile's eyes you can put an artificial tear type of reptile ointment on them and then try to gently peel off the skin after about ten minutes.

Abnormal skin shedding can be caused by low humidity, improper diet, and health problems. If you have any questions or concerns about your reptile's shedding contact a vet.

The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.