Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

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Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby clyde612 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:44 am

My beardie is nearly 5 months and so he sheds pretty often. His shedding cycle is usually tail > back legs > front legs > head + body > repeat. The last time he shed his tail, the scales underneath did not look as "fresh." Instead, they still seemed very slightly lighter than his body and darkish at the tip of his tail. Is it normal to have another shed starting underneath the shed that just came off? Also, I gave him a long bath last night and now one of his front legs is shedding (which only usually happens after his head, body, tail and hind legs shed). His front legs were the most recent thing to shed and now its shedding again? I am worried he is getting behind on his shedding and that this layer is "stuck shed" that should've some off long ago...
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby Gail » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:00 am

Doesn't sound like stuck shed. Stuck shed will look like a thick build-up, not just a light getting ready to shed appearance.
I've seen adult dragons who's tails are lighter then the body, its more apparent in adults.

The order they shed can change too as their body matures and changes proportion.
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby clyde612 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:39 am

Okay, I guess then, what does a "thick build up" look like?
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby Gail » Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:53 am

I don't have any pictures and couldn't find any online so thats kinda hard to answer.
The stuck bits will look drier then the surrounding skin and might have lifted or ragged edges. It could be quite light in color, depends on how thick it is.

Usually you will see it on the toes or tail end, small areas that are hard for the animal to scrape off. When your dragon sheds, always check the tail and toes to make sure they shed.
If the skin looks loose and flaky but isn't coming off, soak it it it easily comes away.
Never peel or force skin off, if its that tight its not ready to shed.
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby clyde612 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:41 pm

clyde612 wrote:=Is it normal to have another shed starting underneath the shed that just came off?=

I'm still curious about this. Clyde's tail has looked cloudy (lighter than the rest of his body) since the minute his last tail shed came off––which has been a while. Just today his body got dark and grayer, meaning it will shed soon, but his tail still seems light but tight; not like his body shed which is starting to look loose, saggy, and dull.
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:24 am

please post a pic of it
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby clyde612 » Mon May 17, 2021 9:01 am

KarrieRee wrote:please post a pic of it


Here is it today:

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My concern is his tail shed. In this photo he had JUST shed his tail the day before, but it already looks cloudy like another shed is underneath it... normal or weird?
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon May 17, 2021 12:24 pm

Yes it looks like its going to shed again -- it looks off white to me --
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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby AHBD » Mon May 17, 2021 2:40 pm

It's perfectly fine. They almost always shed in uneven patterns, like this.



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Re: Stuck Shed? how do i tell?

Postby clyde612 » Mon May 17, 2021 3:03 pm

I'm not worried its uneven, I'm worried that there is somehow a layer of stuck shed on his tail because it never looks "fresh" after shedding like normal.
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