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    Unhappy Leopard Gecko shedding weirdly


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    My new Leopard gecko (about 6 months) started shedding the first with me! But unlike how they should shed, it didnt start at her nose. It hasnít even started to shed there. She started this morning and even now at four o clock theres none on her head. Plus sheís not shedding naturally, kind of like a banana, itís just ripping a bit.
    Is there anything I can do to help it.

    Ps Iím getting a spray bottle to boost the humidity. Itís aboit 30% rn

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    Exclamation Proper set up for sheds

    My new leopard geckos first shed with me didnt go too well. She had a bunch of shed stuck in her tail head and feet. My humidity is at 30%. Iím trying to get shedding aid and Moss tomorrow to make up for future sheds.

    If thereís anything else I can do to raise humidity or to help eat this shed off please rell me. Iíve been a bit worried :/

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    Dollar store tupperware container and paper towels, fold a sheet into the shape of the container and put it inside then cut a hole in the lid big enough for the gecko to get in an out easily but not to big so it holds humidity and slightly melt around the hole so its not sharp. Also get a spray bottle while your there so you can frequently re-moisten the paper towel.

    As for removing stuck shed it might take some time and a couple trys but a Warm bath about ankle deep on the gecko and then work on them with some cotton swabs or Q-tips you wanna dampen the problem areas and when you get it to a point where you think you can remove some give it a try.
    Geopard Leckos Leopard Geckos, say that 10 times fast!

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    CalypsosHeart, I merged your two threads because they're both basically about the same problem. Keeping it in one thread makes it easier to keep track of what's been said.
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    Thanks so much! But I’m especially worried about the tail area. How should I do it without stressing her out or making her drop her tail. Or is it the same thing just more carefully?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Be sure to monitor your gecko at all times during these procedures.

    Place your gecko in a Humidity Box for an hour or so to loosen stuck shed on eyes, toes, head, and/or body (including the tail tip).

    If the eyes have retained shed, gently flush them with a normal saline solution. Fill a small squeeze bottle with a contact lens wetting solution such as Blink for Contacts NOT a contact lens CLEANER. Aim the flow towards the eyes. Alternatively, saturate a small sterile gauze pad with normal saline. Gently hold this against the eyes for several minutes.

    If these methods are ineffective or if there are any signs of infection, seek vet attention immediately!

    METHOD #1
    • Use warm water. The water temperature should be no greater than 86*F/30*C, a leopard gecko's preferred body temperature.
    • Use a plastic container a little bigger than your gecko
    • Poke or solder holes in the lid or the container so your gecko can breathe
    • Add some paper towels
    • Add a little water up to the belly of your leopard gecko. If your gecko is smaller, use scrunched up paper towels that have been dampened or sprayed to maintain the necessary humidity. Include a small piece of cork bark with the damp paper towels.
    • Spray walls and lid of container
    • Add gecko
    • Snap on lid
    • Place this container on top of the heat mat OR place this container near a lamp containing a low wattage bulb (15 watt or 25 watt incandescent bulb or similar wattage compact fluorescent). Water droplets should form on the insides of your plastic container!
    • Monitor the temperature frequently
    • Monitor your gecko at all times
    • Repeat this procedure, if necessary.

    After 30 minutes, perhaps longer, remove the gecko and gently attempt to remove the stuck shed using a gentle rolling motion with a dry q-tip on the affected area.


    METHOD #2
    • Use warm water. The water temperature should be no greater than 86*F/30*C, a leopard gecko's preferred body temperature.
    • Fill a shallow basin or the bathroom sink with lukewarm water to your gecko's belly depth.
    • Let your gecko soak for 10-20 minutes.
    • Then take a dry q-tip, and with a gentle rolling motion, work on the toes or tail tip. Use tweezers gently, if necessary.
    • Monitor your gecko at all times!

    This should definitely loosen any shed remaining on the critter's toes.


    METHOD #3 - Especially for stuck shed on head and nose
    • Wrap the gecko in a warm wet washcloth with just the snout and eyes visible.
    • Firmly hold gecko in place for 30 minutes.
    • Remove wrap.
    • Test the skin gently to see whether it has loosened up enough for removal.
    • If skin is still not loose enough, try wrapping again for another 15 minutes.
    • Also: try holding wet sterile gauze or a wet cotton ball on your gecko's head or nose.


    METHOD #4---especially for crested geckos
    Click: Crested Gecko "Bath" - YouTube
    Here's some more info.
    Geopard Leckos Leopard Geckos, say that 10 times fast!
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    Thanks again.
    I’m just super worried. I’ll try a soak to get the foot shed unstuck. Then try to remove the tail shed with tweezers.
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Good humidity for a leo enclosure ranges between 40-60%.

    Keep 1 or 2 large water dishes in the enclosure. That will help.

    Here's another idea for a warm humid hide. A hide with a single entrance works best. Fill this humid hide with sphagnum moss, Eco Earth's coco fiber, or paper towel strips. Dampen the substrate frequently.

    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    Thanks again.
    I’m just super worried. I’ll try a soak to get the foot shed unstuck. Then try to remove the tail shed with tweezers.
    Use a q tip, tweezers can damage the skin and always allow 24 hours after the initial shed to make sure skin is fully formed. Of course prevention is key. If your Leo continues to have problems shedding after humidity is increased, you want to take a closer look at the nutrition you’re providing.
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    I’ve seen pictures on here of pulled off skin that wasn’t ready. It looks like an imprint of the skin when that happens and can cause permanent damage(more shedding problems in the future). If I see it again, I will point it out.

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