A Guide To Leopard Gecko Shedding

This can be a scary thing to see if you are a new pet owner but not too worry as this is a normal occurrence.

It can be especially unnerving because their whole skin comes off at once as opposed to in pieces.

How many times will my gecko shed?

This depends largely on the age and level of maturity but it occurs more frequently in baby Geckos that are growing more.  There is no set time frame for shedding to occur, neither is there a set duration.  Tracking your gecko’s growth progression can shed light onto your particular pets habits and the general rule is the more it grows the more it sheds.  Simple right?

Can I tell when shedding will occur?

Baby Geckos shed more frequently than adults and there is one distinct sign when shedding is about to occur.  You’ll notice your pets colours begin to become duller due to the skin beginning to separate from its body.  Just as shedding is about to happen, the skins will appear almost white.  An interesting fact is that Geckos normally eat the skin as they shed and I’ll tell you why.  Shedding skin uses up a large amount of energy and because the skin is conveniently located it is often the easiest way to replace lost calories.  This habit can also be attributed to life in the wild, where it food can be scarce and it is usually a good idea not to leave any tracks.  This way predators don’t clue into the fact there is a Gecko meal in the area, making eating the shed skin a sort of survival trait.

Can the process experience any complications and what can I do to help?

Shedding skin is a simple process for Geckos and usually completes without any issues.  IT can occur however that not all of the skin sheds completely and becomes stuck to the reptile, usually on an appendage. This can become a problem is the appendage experiences restricted blood flow which can cause the appendage to die.  As the owner, you can aid your Gecko during its shedding process by maintaining the proper humidity level inside the habitat.  Common methods to provide moisture, or an area with amplified moisture levels are to use a plastic container and place moist bedding inside.  Turn the container upside down to trap moisture and cut a hole large enough for your pet to enter.  Make sure the bedding is not wet, just moist, to ensure it’s comfortable for your Gecko.  You can also lend a helping hand in the shedding cycle by picking off dead skin.  If the skin seems stuck, don’t continue pulling.  Instead take another plastic container, place bedding inside, moisten it and then place your Gecko inside for about a half hour.  This will weaken the adhesion of the skin and allow it to peel of easily.  A pair of tweezers can be used to aid you in your task, just make sure to be gentle and not poke or cut your pet.

Now that you have some general knowledge about your Gecko’s shedding habits, there is no need to be concerned be this natural process.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call.  Check us out online or give Northern Gecko a call and one of our service reps will be more than happy to talk about your reptile related concerns.

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