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    Re: Not Shedding??

    Sounds like my Lucky. For almost a year she was shedding every 3 weeks. Just like clockwork.
    She was a growing machine back then.
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    Quote Originally Posted by PINJOHN View Post
    i had always assumed that the shedding was dictated by growth, the more vigorous the growth spurt the faster the need to cast off the old restricting skin ...having said that, little in life is usually straight forward and there may well be other more complicated reasons dictating when the old skin has to go.
    I think you're onto something there. I know that with most of my big adults, even if they just shed a week before brumating, they always shed again shortly after coming out. That can't be because of growth. Probably a hormone thing since mating takes place right after that post-brumation shed.

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    Re: Not Shedding??

    Quote Originally Posted by guidofatherof5 View Post
    Sounds like my Lucky. For almost a year she was shedding every 3 weeks. Just like clockwork.
    She was a growing machine back then.
    And Amy (orange iowa albino radix) shed every 3 weeks, for the first 6 mos. Every 5 weeks for the second half of his first year.

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    Re: Not Shedding??

    I wish Hermes would shed again. He hasn't shed since Christmas and it's concerning me since he's so young and since he is albino and they can have shedding issues.
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    I don't think albinos are any more prone to shedding problems than any other snake. Just keep an eye on him. If his skin starts crinkling up when he bends, that would indicate a retained shed. Sometimes very small radixes and checkered's I've had will retain sheds, albino or not.

    It hasn't been all that long. I wouldn't start worrying yet. Just watch for signs of retained shed. "stiff" movement, crinkly skin, labored breathing.

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