How to Help Your Snake Shed Eyecaps

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There are a few things you can do to make the process of a snake shedding his or her eyecaps easier on the animal. Help your snake shed eyecaps with help from a dynamic, holistic and conventional veterinarian in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Jena Questen, and I'm a Veterinarian and I'm here to talk to you today about what to do if your snake is not shedding his or her eyecaps. Now, what we have here is a snake that has shed his eyecaps, so I wanted to show you what his eyes look like so that you can see that their nice and clear. There's no opaqueness on either one of the eyes and right here what I have is where he shed and so you can see right there where his little eyes were, both of his eyecaps so you can demonstrate that and see that clearly. So, with your own snakes whenever they shed, you definitely want to always check that and make sure that you don't see anything leftover like that. So, then now I'm going to show you is a snake that hasn't, she's just about to shed, she's not quite there yet, but you can see the difference in her eyes and that they're very, getting very opaque and not as clear and that tells you that we'll have to watch for when she does shed to make sure that those spectacles do come off when she does her full shed. So, here we go. So, you can see up close here how she has match more opaque eyes than this snake here. So, if you do happen to see that your snake is having trouble shedding those eyecaps, the best thing that you can do is to actually soak them. And what you want to do is soak them in something similar to this container here which is just a clear container. What we're going to do is take that towel and get it nice and wet and have it nice and moist and warm, about the same temperature that the snake would be and wrap them in there and leave them in there so that he can get nice and moist for about half an hour. And then, after that time, gently use a cotton ball to try to remove the spectacles which should come off quite easily at that time. If for some reason they don't, you can try soaking them again and seeing if that works. But, if you're having too much difficulty or you're uncertain, and then definitely it's time to check with your exotics veterinarian and have them make sure your snake is healthy and not having any problems getting those off. And on that note, I'm Dr. Q and the rest is up to you. Thanks for stopping by today.


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