Snakes will shed their skin 3-6 times per year or 6-8 weeks. When you start noticing that the snake has grey looking skin then you will know it is time. The reason why snakes will shed their skin is that they are growing.
Humans skin grows with us but snake skins do not. A new layer of skin will grow underneath the top layer and when it has outgrown the skin it will shed. Just before it is time for this process the snake’s skin releases some fluid between the old and new skin. This will help separate the old and new skin. This gets the snake ready for the BIG SHED.
The skin shedding also helps the snake get rid of parasites or any skin issues it might have.
THEY WILL RUB THEIR HEADS
When it is ready for the snake to shed their skin the snake will go into some water. The water will help loosen the skin and this will start off the shedding process. The snake then starts off by rubbing its head up against something hard. The old skin will start tearing off. The snake will then slither out of the old skin – leaving the old skin behind. The skin that is left behind will be inside out.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME?
The old skin of the snake will go a grey color. You will also notice that the snake has blue or grey looking eyes. This means it is about time for the snake to start. The snake will also have bad eyesight during this phase. They will also act a bit sluggish. You will also notice that the snake will hide away more than usual.
JUST BEFORE THEY START
Their eyes and skin will clear up for about 4 days. After that, they will start shedding their skin. The whole process will take about 7 days.
THE SNAKE SHEDS ALL OF ITS SKIN
This is an obvious fact but what is most fascinating is that they also shed their eye caps.
THE OLDER THE SNAKE GETS
The older the snake get the less it will shed. That is why it is very important for the snake to shed especially its eye caps. If the snake does not shed its eye caps the skin will build up and can cause blindness when they are older.
DO SNAKES SHED CLOSE TO WHERE THEY LIVE
Most of the time snakes will shed close to where they live. Snakes do not wander too far away when it is time to shed. This is because they mostly will feel uncomfortable at this time. They will, therefore, stay near their home or place of food during this time.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A SNAKE TO SHED ITS SKIN?
A typical snake shed will take about 30 minutes. I have seen some take up to 6 hours. It all depends on how big or how old the snake is.
SNAKE SHEDDING PROBLEMS
WHAT IS I FIND A SNAKE SKIN NEAR MY HOUSE?
No need to be alarmed. Most snakes that live near your house will hardly ever be seen. This means that the snake is mostly there for the food that lives near your house.
You do not need to get someone to get rid of it. Rather go after the food source. If you kill off all the rats and mice the snake will move away from your premises. They will then go after other food in another location.
I FOUND A SNAKE IN MY HOUSE WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
As I said above do not be alarmed. This does not always mean that the snake is living inside your house. More than likely it means that the snake was inside your house looking for food. They do come inside a house if they looking for water as well.
DO NOT KILL IT
Do not go after it with your broom. The snake will be more frightened than you are. Most of the snakes you encounter will not be venomous. Even if they are it does not mean they will try to bite you. Calmly contact a snake handler to remove it for you. Killing snake is also against the law in some state.