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Shedding problem?

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by PantherCham, May 24, 2018.

  1. PantherCham

    PantherCham New Member

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    Little baby shed a couple months ago and looks like she might have more dead skin covering her. Her tail seems almost bony and is very rigid. Anyone know what I should do?

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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'm not a veterinarian. A skinny tail, hips and thighes are not good at all.
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    EnjoysWine Member

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    Have you tried giving her a good soak in warm water? How is the humidity in the enclosure? Also what are the temps in the enclosure and what do you feed her?
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    I agree with Walter, the legs and tail look very thin. You may want to get her checked out by a vet.
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    She looks sickly and has a layer of stuck shed on the lower half and looks dehydrated
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Sad but well put. I'd ASAP get to a vet experienced in exotics and herps.
  7. Zyn

    Zyn Active Member

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    Some other things to think about also. It doesn’t look humid in there, I’d switch that cypress out for something finner like coco husk till it’s larger. She should be eating her fill of whole prey daily till she puts some weight on. Rat or mouse pinkies/fuzzy till she puts weight on. A good soaking daily till she clears the stuck shed. I’d also check her hot spot temps. Is she getting any UVB at all? Is her water dish large enough to submerge herself in?
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    Like the others have said, getting to a vet wouldn't be a bad idea. How long has the shed been stuck on there? It looks like she has a full belly which is good, so I'm wondering if the problem shed is constricting her lower body as she's grown the past little while. I would leave the cypress mulch as it holds humidity very well but that's just my opinion. I agree with Zyn she may desperately need a high humidity environment and a good water dish (although the water should be shallow enough so she won't drown if she is relaxing in it).
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