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Old 03-13-03, 02:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What do you do with your sheds?

Just curious as to what everyone does when a snake has a complete shed... I keep all of mine, I have 6 or 7 complete ones now, all over 4 feet long. Only two have intact heads tho.

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Old 03-13-03, 03:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually split them up the belly and lay flat to dry, then preserve them between 2 sheets of clear Contac paper. Then I can use a ballpoint pen to mark the name and date of the shed on the plastic.
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hehe... that's pretty elaborate! mine dry whichever way i throw them onto the shelf.

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I feed mine to my colony of giant mealworms, they love em'.
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I give mine to little kids so that a new generation can see how cool snakes really are. It also helps convince their parents that snakes aren't slimy.
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I've only got 2, and I keep them to see how much he's grown since the last shed
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I save my good ones for when I do Herp Shows. The kids go absolutely nuts over them, even more than the snakes sometimes.
Also FYI if you have a few good sheds, you may want to check with your local zoo. Now I have Brookfield Zoo calling me every few months if I have any new sheds to donate. Most zoos do a lot of education for kids, and they use shed skin. But when you handle dried out shed too many times it crumbles up, and they need new shed constantly. just a thought.
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I gave my last one to my Aunt who wanted it for the biology class she teaches. Never thought about feeding it the the mealies! I have some new babies growing, i'll have to try that next time.
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I give them to kids that come over, or to one of my sons class rooms when i take critters in to see them.
I straghten them out as much as I can and then hang them over a hanger, hanging in the closet in my reptile room.
The only ones I keep are from my full striped Ball Pythons.....you can see the perfect strip in the shed! Very neat :P
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I used to keep all of mine but with so many juvy snakes, my shelf was loaded with shed skins. At one point I had at least 30!

Some I threw away, others I gave to people interested in examining them and keeping them. Now, I only tend to keep the bigger one peice sheds, 3' or more, but it's hard because my bp's never shed in one peice!!!

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I used to have a bunch, but most I've given many away by now... or my cat has ate them.. o.o; I usualy set them on my desk and forget about them.
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Old 03-13-03, 10:00 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I used to keep 'em all, but well, now with 17 snakes and they pretty well always have completely intact sheds (usually the only tears are the ones I put in them unrolling them...lol ), they just pile up too fast. I still keep some however, but many get tossed now as well.
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I'm curious...do you wash the shed skin? It seems to that the same hygenical precautions should be needed for the skin that are required for handling the animal itself.
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My wife hates the old skin so I have to thow them away. I might look into donating some to the zoo though, that's a good idea.
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I throw mine away. Simple. I don't see any reason for collecting them.
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