Do Snakes Eat Their Shed? What You Need To Know!

Do Snakes Eat Their Shed

Do snakes eat their shed during the shedding process?

Many people around the world have snakes as pets. While others prefer to avoid these animals, many people embrace them because snakes are unique pets. Nevertheless, they require the owner to carry a lot of responsibilities. Do snakes eat their shed?

Snakes do not commonly eat their shed, although some do. During the shedding process, snakes will begin eating less. Once they’ve finished, they’ll be ready to make up for a lost time, so be sure to feed them a little more. Regardless, snakes normally do not eat their shed.

During the shedding process, the snake’s appetite will decrease. It may reach the point where the snake doesn’t want to eat, especially when it cannot see well. A snake may take anywhere from one to two weeks to successfully shed its skin. This topic will be covered in greater depth below.

Do Snakes Shed Their Skin?

Snakes are going to shed their skin periodically during their lives. Therefore, you shouldn’t be shocked when you find the skin in your snake’s tank. Don’t freak out because this is entirely normal. The good news is that shedding helps the snake for several reasons.

As the snake’s body grows, it will need to shed its skin because the skin will not grow. At some point, the snake will have to shed its skin to continue growing. Larger skin is grown while older skin is discarded.

Shedding the skin offers a few benefits. For instance, removing the skin helps get rid of harmful parasites. Regardless, the process is an essential aspect of the snake’s life. It is common for snakes to shed their skin two to four times each year. Rest assured, knowing that the experience is not painful.

Snakes Feed During Shedding Process?

As a snake owner, you must remember that your snake will shed at some point. Besides shedding its skin, the snake’s behavior will change immensely during this time. Therefore, you must be ready to accommodate the snake’s new behavior. For instance, you will need to adjust your feeding schedule.

When a snake begins shedding its skin, it is a good chance that it will not eat as much. The shedding process can be trying for the snake. Plus, the skin will cover the snake’s eyes, making it difficult for the snake to feed.

It is safer for the snake to eat less during this period. You may find the skin has gone missing. Where did the shed go? Usually, it is in your tank somewhere because snakes do not eat their shed. Regardless, it would help if you familiarized yourself with your snake’s behavior during the shedding process.

Once you’ve done that, you can reduce feedings to accommodate it better.

How Long Does Shedding Take?

Remember that the shedding process can take a while. It isn’t going to pass within days. Instead, it can take a snake up to two weeks or longer to successfully shed its skin. You may decide that you want to help. You could pull the skin from the snake’s body, but doing so is not wise.

During the shedding process, the snake is going to be stressed already. Therefore, you should not attempt to help the snake. It would be best if you tried to avoid handling the snake during this process. Instead, you should sit back and watch the snake as the cycle continues.

Let the snake shed its skin naturally to avoid potential problems.

Signs Your Snake Is Shedding

When your snake begins shedding its skin, you’ll want to avoid bothering it. Otherwise, you may unnecessarily stress the snake. Please don’t do this because it’ll only make things even worse. Instead, you should give the snake time and space so it can remove the skin on its own.

First, the snake’s skin is going to turn dull and hazy. During the early stages, the changes aren’t drastic. As the shedding progresses, the snake’s eyes will change color. The eyes will likely help determine the snake’s color after the shed.

When the snake’s eyes turn blue, it goes through the blue phase. Right now, the snake is having difficulty seeing. Don’t touch or handle the snake right now. After a few days, the snake’s eyes will return to normal. The shedding process is almost over.

Before long, the snake will begin rubbing against the glass and other objects to remove the skin. Then, it is only a matter of time before the snake’s old skin is successfully removed. Be sure to extract it immediately.

Snake Shed Draws Insects

Snakes shed their skin between three and four times annually. Snakes in their natural habitat leave their shed skin lying in a tree, under a rock, or on the forest floor. Unfortunately, caged snakes do not have this option.

Shed skin attracts various insect species:

Of all the above insect species, the mite poses the biggest threat to snakes. Humans can easily shake off a mite bite, but the same thing cannot be said about snakes and other animals.

A mite bite can result in an immune response. The first notable sign of a mite bite is swelling. Itchiness and pain may also be present. To avoid all insects attracted to the snake shed, remove it from the cage as soon as possible.

Never handle the snake shed with your bare hands to avoid contact with potential salmonella. Don a rubber glove before handling the shed. Proper disposal is also important. Carefully place the shed in a plastic bag before tossing it in the trash bin.

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Speed Up Snake Shedding

Shedding is often a stressful time for snakes. Owners can help ease their snake’s stress by maintaining a calm environment. Try to keep all external noise and activity to a minimum.

Snakes may exhibit strange behavior before or soon after the shedding period. Some snakes tend to get snappy and restless.

Owners can also help by speeding up the process. Monitor the humidity levels carefully. Dry air can complicate the shedding process for snakes. Maintain humidity levels between 50 and 70 percent.

Misting your snake with lukewarm water can also help. If you do not have a sprayer, you can utilize a damp paper towel.


Do snakes eat their shed? Although it is possible, this likely isn’t going to happen. Snakes rarely feed during shedding so they will be hungry after it. Some snakes will eat their shed while others do not. It is best to remove the shed from the tank right away.

Once your snake has shed, carefully remove the skin from the tank. If you’re dealing with a poisonous snake, you may need to remove the snake from the tank first. Then, you can remove the skin without issues. Remember to feed the snake more because it’ll be hungrier immediately after the shed.



I'm Jennifer Mecham, worked for 7 years in an animal shelter in New York. I created this blog to educate people about these amazing creatures and to show them that reptiles can make great pets. Join me on this journey as we explore the world of reptiles.

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