This week, something new came up with one of my crested gecko “Bordeaux”. It never happened to me yet, so I was a bit worried. I noticed it because every time I was putting him down for him to walk a bit, he was twitching his tail which he never did before. At first, I thought something was wrong with him, then as I was assessing him I felt dried skin on his tale.
I assumed it was stuck shed, but to make sure since it could be something more serious, I contacted the breeder for advice to make sure of the proper care. I watched many youtube videos, but the information out there can be wrong. Better ask an expert to confirm.
The treatment: Soak
What I did is use a plastic container and made a few holes in the lid. Added paper towel at the bottom and added room temperature water. Enough to cover his tail and I left him to soak for 15-20 mins. (If it’s for a leopard gecko, I would maybe warm up the water a little, but not too much to not burn your baby.)
After 15 mins, I used a Q-tip to rub the area where it was dry. Some skin came off and I was relieved!
Here is a before/after picture: (I took the after picture the next day to allow to dry and make sure it was gone).
To try to avoid this problem in the future, I may start giving him a soak once per month. It will help to keep the moisture in his skin.
Hope this was helpful.
Feel free to share your own tips and tricks for the stuck shed. Everyone would appreciate the help.
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