Sorry for the really awful cell phone picture but I can’t contain my excitement—
FIGMENT’S NEW BACKGROUND CAME AND IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!
I’ll be installing it sometime next week when I don’t have work. I have this background, a nice white LED strip (for display only, not daily lighting - ambient light is good enough) and a soft “moonlight LED strip” for a transition between daylight and total darkness so I can watch her when I get home from work. It’s going to be amazing, and I can’t wait to finish it!
No matter how proper his humidity and terrarium is, my ball python nitro never seems to give me a nice, full shed. *sighs* at least it always all comes off, and I guess that’s what really matters!
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, if the humidity and environment were proper, the shed wouldn’t be dysfunctional.
I just want to add.
If after your snake has shed, and you come in you find 2-3 large pieces (total) that’s perfectly okay. Tears in a shed can also be okay. I’ve found with thicker snakes like ball pythons the skin tears a lot more easily. A single shed with no tears is ideal, but sometimes just doesn’t happen.
That being said, if your snake is shedding and you come to a dozen little pieces, or any retained shed then as teleos mentioned, there’s still something not quite right with the environment. Getting all of it off is of course important. But it’s not all that matters. A poor shed is uncomfortable for snakes to go through and to try and get rid of.
Humidity is only one factor in the equation of a good shed. HYDRATION can actually be much more important. So if your snake is still struggling consider a couple of these options.
- Larger waterbowl. I started offering my ball pythons larger water bowls and their sheds have turned out so much better. I have one that was shedding into 10 or so pieces that they got off on their own. But now I’ve gotten a few really nice whole sheds since proving a much larger water bowl.
- Humid hide. The Humidity in your set-up may seem alright. But a hide can offer a more localized option for higher humidity (say the tank is the 50-60% it should be on average for a ball python, a humid hide will be 80-90%, which is more preferable for a shedding snake). Humid hides helped out many of my other snakes as well. Even just offering it for the time the snake is in shed will improve things. But if you’ve got the room having one in there all the time gives your snake the option to use it whenever they feel the need to.
Try out those two things and see how the next shed goes in a few weeks.