Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Successful Shedding Is Very Important

Keep moist boxes damp, mist the cage, or add a container of water in which the lizard can soak. This will help your lizard shed successfully. Since problems shedding can actually kill a young gecko, and can certainly cause the loss of toes in older ones, it's important to make sure that this process works successfully.
Baby leopard geckos shed more often than adults, and the overall frequency of shedding depends on the age and rate of growth of the gecko. Sometimes, the shed does not happen as completely as we want, even though we've made the effort to keep our lizards moist before hand.
If this is the case, you'll need to assist your gecko. Put it in a small plastic container partially full of water, or lined with warm, wet paper or cloth towels.
Put a top on the container (it should be large enough for it to move around in, and the water should not be deep if water is used) with a vent to allow breathing. Allow the gecko to moisten for a half hour. Then, the skin will have loosened enough that you'll be able to gently remove it with a blunt pair of tweezers.
If this isn't possible (don't pull hard!) soak the gecko for another thirty minutes and try again. Toe caps and eyelid or snout skin must not be allowed to remain, as they can choke circulation and cause infection or toe loss.

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