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Stuck Shed on Tail and Head?

Post by evilsloth on Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:58 am

Hi, my leopard gecko shed 2 days ago and there is still stuck shed on her head, tail, and toes. How do I get this off without harming her? I am a little reluctant to soak her as the last time I did that to one of my Leopard Geckos her tail fell off...

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Post by Kermit on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:04 am

Well you have a couple choices then... you can make a humid hide, place her in it for about a half hour, make sure she can't escape and place a blue moonlight bulb over it to steam it up really well, then after she's set in there for a while take her out and use a warm wet qtip to rub off the stuck shed.

The only other choice is to put her in a bath. Just because one leo dropped her tail doesn't mean another will. I bath my boy all the time and have never hurt him or dropped his tail. Just make sure it is shallow and warm and gradually fill it up as he is in there. Don't make it any deeper than up to the middle of her sides. I usually use the bathroom sink for Eros' baths. He can't climb out and feels pretty secure with being enclosed in a space big enough to walk around in. After she has been soaking for about 15 minutes the shed on her toes should come off pretty easy by rubbing it with a qtip, but you'll need to use a qtip constantly dipped into the water and rubbed onto her head to get that shed off. I find that head sheds usually come off pretty easily once you start working it with a wet qtip, usually with in 5 minutes. Tail tips are the hardest to get off but again shouldn't be any worse than toes. I think toes stink because as you start to roll off the shed it gets stuck to the nail and I usually just end up picking it off with my fingers at that point.

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Post by evilsloth on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:13 am

Is the moonlight bulb necessary, or can I just put her in a humid hide for 30 minutes? I don't have a moonlight bulb, so...

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Post by Kermit on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:19 am

Do you have any type of heat bulb because that is what's really going to steam the hide up well. You can try taking out her other hot hide and placing it right over the uth but it won't be as effective as using a heat bulb.

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Post by evilsloth on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:23 am

I have a Red UV bulb if that will work... I misted her a bit and the shed that was on her head is now mostly gone

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