Stuck Shed?

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Stuck Shed?

Postby CalderDempsey » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:28 am

Hi, my bearded dragon hasn’t shed in about a month or so even though she has loose skin. It doesn’t seem to come off even if I give her baths and scrub her gently with a tooth brush. She hasn’t been acting strange at all and her appetite isn’t effected by this but I want her to be as healthy as she can. She eats greens 5 days of the week (no spinach) with crickets and Dubias being her meat. What should I do? Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Stuck Shed?

Postby AHBD » Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:43 pm

Hi there, how long have you had her ? Body shed doesn't actually get stuck, it just comes off when it's ready and with adults it always takes much longer than when they were babies. There's a lot of owners that post about what they think is stuck shed, not realizing that it is just normal shedding time. The only time it's ever of concern is if the shed is tightened around toes or somewhere on the tail causing it to restrict blood flow.

Is your dragon wet in that pic, the shed looks soggy + dark. Also looks a little funny around her eyes. I'd stop bathing her, the scales might be holding too much moisture and actually develop fungal infection in certain areas. How long do you soak her generally ? Also, what are the temps. in the tank and can you post pics of it ? Size-wise she looks good and it's good that she's eating well. :)
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Re: Stuck Shed?

Postby CalderDempsey » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:33 am

Hi, thank you for responding so quickly! I bathe her about 3 times a week for 10 minutes a day. Her eyes have a lot of gray skin that I’m afraid to peel off. The temps are 99 - 108 on the hot side and around 75 - 80 on the cool side. She is in a 40 gallon tank, her substrate is a towel that gets switched twice a week, and she gets proper calcium dusting on her bugs every two weeks. She also has good UV lighting throughout the entire cage. She is about a year and 10 months old and I’ve had her since she was a baby.
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Re: Stuck Shed?

Postby Faith331 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:19 pm

CalderDempsey wrote:Hi, thank you for responding so quickly! I bathe her about 3 times a week for 10 minutes a day. Her eyes have a lot of gray skin that I’m afraid to peel off. The temps are 99 - 108 on the hot side and around 75 - 80 on the cool side. She is in a 40 gallon tank, her substrate is a towel that gets switched twice a week, and she gets proper calcium dusting on her bugs every two weeks. She also has good UV lighting throughout the entire cage. She is about a year and 10 months old and I’ve had her since she was a baby.

Usually adults don't like to bask that hot. Does she actually sit in the areas that are 108??
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Re: Stuck Shed?

Postby CalderDempsey » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:48 am

Faith331 wrote:Usually adults don't like to bask that hot. Does she actually sit in the areas that are 108??

It’s usually 108 in the summer. Right now it’s about 100 on the hot side.
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Re: Stuck Shed?

Postby AHBD » Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:04 pm

Does the towel you have for flooring get wet or damp at all , and do you know the humidity levels ? Also, how do you measure the temps + the humidity ? Her scales look odd, as if she's damp a lot . Can you post a pic of the tank ?
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