Do Snakes Eat During Shed?

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It’s a common question among snake owners and one that doesn’t have a simple answer. Just like with humans every snake is different and has different dietary needs. Some snakes will continue to eat during shedding while others will fast entirely.

Here’s what you need to know about snakes and shedding:

What Is Shedding?

Shedding or molting is a process that all snakes go through periodically. It’s basically their way of renewing their skin. Old skin is slowly sloughed off and new skin grows in its place.

Shedding can be a stressful time for snakes and it’s not uncommon for them to skip meals during this time. In fact it’s actually a good sign if your snake doesn’t eat during shedding. It means they’re healthy and their shedding process is progressing normally.

How Often Do Snakes Shed?

Again this varies from snake to snake. Some snakes will shed once a month while others may only shed a few times a year.

What Are The Signs That A Snake Is About To Shed?

There are a few telltale signs that a snake is getting ready to shed:

  • Their eyes will become cloudy or milky-looking
  • Their skin will become dull and dry
  • They may become more aggressive or irritable
  • They may refuse to eat

If you notice any of these signs it’s a good idea to leave your snake alone and give them some extra hiding places. Snakes like to feel secure when they shed so providing them with a few extra places to hide will help them feel more comfortable.

What Should You Do If Your Snake Doesn’t Eat During Shedding?

As we mentioned it’s actually perfectly normal for snakes to skip meals during shedding. If your snake is healthy and shedding normally there’s no need to worry.

However if you’re concerned about your snake’s health or if shedding is taking longer than usual it’s a good idea to consult with a veterinarian. They’ll be able to help you determine if there’s anything wrong and offer advice on how to best care for your snake during this time.

Shedding can be a stressful time for snakes but it’s a normal and necessary process. As long as your snake is healthy and shedding normally there’s no need to worry if they don’t eat during this time.