Shedding problems?

Calalilly

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We got a White-out Caramel African fat tail gecko last month, ~2-3 months old, 7 grams. She's been quarantined from our other fat tails, with her tank at all optimum temperatures, hide box, humidity box, paper towel substrate, water bowl, heat pad, heat light, uvb light. She eats mainly crickets, started tiny pieces of meal worms, and a wax worm here and there as a treat. All food is dusted in Zoo Med Repti Calcium. Crickets are gut loaded with Fluker's Orange Cube complete cricket diet. She has shed before with no problems. She started shedding yesterday, and seemed to pull off a couple scales/new skin on her side. Thinking that she wasn't ready to shed yet, we soaked her to try and help and when her back shed started coming off, her skin underneath seems so raw and shiny. That never happened with her previous sheds. She isn't as active as usual, hasn't eaten in a couple days (which is usual around shedding time, we know) and there is still shed to come off. We tried to gently help with her shed on her head, but she started squeaking at us like it hurt. We have a call in to our vet, but we were wondering if anyone has encountered this problem before. I've attached a couple pictures. Thank you for any help you may have.
 

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Elizabeth Freer

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All food is dusted in Zoo Med Repti Calcium. Crickets are gut loaded with Fluker's Orange Cube complete cricket diet. She has shed before with no problems. She started shedding yesterday, and seemed to pull off a couple scales/new skin on her side. Thinking that she wasn't ready to shed yet, we soaked her to try and help and when her back shed started coming off, her skin underneath seems so raw and shiny.

Welcome aboard, Calalilly!

What type Zoo Med's Repti Calcium are you using? with or without D3?

Is Meeko's humidity box located on the warm end? What substrate are you using inside her humidity box?

Last I checked Fluker's Orange Cube wasn't very nutritious. Please check the label. Don't buy Fluker's High Calcium Diet either.

Instead use a product like Repashy's Bug Burger.

Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms . . . . . . thanks to Olimpia -- August 2013

"A commercial gut loading food like Bug Burger or Superload (both by Repashy), Cricket Crack, Dinofuel, etc. is going to make your life easier AND provide a nutritious diet to your crickets at the same time. Avoid Fluker's gutloads, as they are super feeble in their formulas.

"If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
 
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