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    Not Shedding??

    Not sure this is considered urgent care but I'm kinda worried n wondering...
    K so I've had this baby garter since she was a week old, has now been just over two months old, she's grown lots... But I've never seen her shed. There has been no skin in her tank anytime I've cleaned it, she has never had the faded eye look like they get when about to shed...
    Is this normal for a baby at two months old? She's grown at least 4-5 inches, now being about a foot long.... ?? Any ideas ??
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    I wouldn't worry. She'll shed when she needs too.

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    Re: Not Shedding??

    My only concern would be a retained shed. Any chance you can post a photo for use to take a look at.
    If she's been eating all along I would think there should have been a shed by now.
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    Don't always expect to catch the cloudy eyes either, I came downstairs this morning to find another complete shed. I'm sure it was Lightning, as Eskerina shed 4 days ago, and the shed had a black stripe so it wasn't Binky.
    I've now had 3 normal sheds - first there was no warning signs, second I spotted Esk in her pool starting to shed, then this morning which had no warnings. When I say there were no warning signs... There probably were, but being new to snakes and the snakes being new to us, we didn't have a baseline to compare dull skin with, and didn't know that an albino eyes don't cloud.

    The 4th shed is one I assisted with this morning. She was struggling with it, but a bowl of warm water helped. Her eyes are the only ones that we saw cloud about 2 days ago.

    If yours is eating and growing, I wouldn't worry so much, the shedding will happen when you are not looking.
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    If you see your snake everyday you'll notice blue eyes.

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    Re: Not Shedding??

    Thanks everyone for comments, I am hopefully going to buy a camera today so I can post pictures.

    I also just completely redid her tank. Got rid of the sand (was told sand was bad) I put in pine/cedar shavings. I noticed a lot of sawdust with it though so I shifted it all out. Sawdust would be bad right? I also built a fake rock hide with holes n a shelf inside, she loves it!
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    I do see her everyday n take her out almost everyday or every other day, her skin feels fine to me... Nice n tight but not like stuck to her... lol don't know she feels normal to me I just thought by now she would have shed, especially since shes doubled in size.
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    No pine. Causes respiratory problems.
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    Re: Not Shedding??

    Pine is bad. They can't breathe it in.

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    Re: Not Shedding??

    Quote Originally Posted by Light of Dae View Post
    I do see her everyday n take her out almost everyday or every other day, her skin feels fine to me... Nice n tight but not like stuck to her... lol don't know she feels normal to me I just thought by now she would have shed, especially since shes doubled in size.
    Doubled in size and no shed doesn't sound right.
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