There are many myths and misunderstandings about reptiles, but just about everyone knows that if it’s a reptile, it sheds its skin! While all animals “shed” in one way or another as they grow, reptiles and amphibians are unique among vertebrates in that their old skin and/or scales generally come off all at once. Some reptiles shed their skin all in one piece, others flake it off in chunks, and some even eat their old skin!
Reptile owners have observed that when their pet is getting ready to shed its skin, it will act uncomfortable: It might start hiding all the time, refuse food, and behave more defensively than usual. More concerning is that, outside of shedding, these symptoms can usually be associated with illness. Is there anything that can be done to help reptiles shed?
There is, in fact! Read about why reptiles shed and what you can do to help your pet through the process at The Bio Dude here: https://www.thebiodude.com/blogs/helpful-husbandry-faqs/why-do-reptiles-shed-their-skin-and-how-can-you-help
This article was written by Mariah Healey exclusively for use by The Bio Dude and originally published on October 5, 2021.