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Shedding Problem

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by Boidae, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. Boidae

    Boidae New Member

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    A little worried about my tegu.

    She retained a shed and I think I may have waited a little too long to see if it would loosen on it's own. I have soaked her in a coconut oil bath and that didn't do anything. Today I soaked her and then rubbed her down with coconut oil and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. We were able to loosen some it to get it off, but not much. She also looks like she swallowed too much water and was throwing it up and/or it was coming out her vent.

    There is sphagnum moss in her hide and the humidity is up around 70-75% at it's most humid.

    She looks like she is slowing down to brumate as she has backed off how much she eats. Yesterday it was less than a quarter of a full meal, so I'm not sure that cod liver oil will help at this point and none of my local shops have it in the liquid form.

    What else can I do?
  2. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Bathing and moust sphag in her hide might be it for the next several months.

    Throwing up water bothers me. Any iidea what initiated that?
  3. Boidae

    Boidae New Member

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    I might have agitated her and I probably pressed a little too hard on her abdomen when holding her. She did it a few times, but I just think she wasn't a happy camper.

    She's about to go down for brumation, I'm not sure how much bathing I can do once she does that. Also, if there is still stuck shed, will she be alright to brumate?
  4. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    It depends. Could be sleeping in moistened but not wet sphag may do it. You can rouse her in a month to see how things are looking. She may come out sometimes and brumation time beginning and end and time total vary quite a bit.


    Keep a watch.
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  5. Boidae

    Boidae New Member

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    Thank you!

    Going by last year, when we purchased her she was already down for the breeder. When we got her home, she went right under and unless I messed with her, we didn't see her till April. She was purchased on December 1.