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Ingredients for a Good Shed

Customers complaining their animals exhibit cloudy eye caps, skin flaking, uneven shedding and excessive rubbing all point to inadequate ingredients for producing a proper shed. Make sure they purchase and know how to appropriately use all the products they need to provide for renewed, healthy skin for their pets.

Generally devices used to help hydrate reptiles aid in the shedding process. The more natural moisture present in the surface and deeper layers of the skin, the more efficient and complete the shed. Enriching the environment with ornaments designed to replicate an animal’s natural environment also help greatly with regular sheds.

Hides
Humidity boxes and hides produce areas in an enclosure where animals can escape when baked dry. Make sure hobbyists understand the vital role of added humidity and creating adequate areas where skin can gather the moisture it needs. The more moisture in the skin, the more easily it will slough off, allowing fresh skin to emerge. A simple container with dampened paper towel or fresh sphagnum moss does the trick for most species.

Spray Bottles and Misters
Even desert species, who consumers think of as not requiring much attention in the hydration department, need some moisture in the skin for an adequate shed. Though rain rarely washes over these species in the wild, spray bottles and misters replicate the natural dew that falls on desert sands each and every day. Frequent and regular misting provides a fool-proof way to improve shedding.

Ornamental Accessories
Without a few objects to rub against, shedding reptiles have difficulty pulling old, dead skin away from their bodies. Make sure consumers feature a variety of textures and surfaces in their enclosures. Rough driftwood, sturdy live or plastic plants and rocks of various sizes and shapes greatly improve the quality and speed of a regular shed. Habitat-appropriate objects make a big difference. Cactus wood for desert species makes more sense than lush plastic planting. When the surfaces these animals experience in the wild are added to their captive environments shedding progress just as it should.

Soaking Tubs
Most reptiles absorb water through the cloaca rather than through the skin. However, soaking for 20 minutes at a time on a regular basis during shed periods does aid in skin separation. The more hydrate the old skin becomes, the more likely it is to easily release from the new skin beneath. 
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