How Often Does A Snake Shed Its Skin?


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Rajesh Shri Profile
Rajesh Shri answered
A snake sheds its skin periodically based on its growth rate; if a snake grows faster it will shed its skin more frequently. Also the age of a snake also influences its rate of shedding and the younger the snake the more frequently would it shed is skin; it is supposed that on an average, young snakes shed their skin once every five or six weeks.

Another factor that affects the shedding frequency is the climate as snakes being cold blooded creatures are extremely sensitive to temperature changes and the lower the temperature the lesser would be frequency of shedding.

The snake when it is going to shed its skin secretes a fluid which helps the new layer of skin to grow underneath the older layer. After the new layer has developed the snake rubs its head to loosen the skin and create a tear following which it slides out of the skin much the same way one would remove a sock.
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How do you know when the diamondback will be shedding his skin, and do they eat during this time.
Sharon McKenzie Profile
Sharon McKenzie answered
Snakes shed their skins throughout the year, or at least during the time when they are active and not hibernating. The faster the snake is growing, the more frequently it sheds, so young snakes shed more often than adult snakes. Injuries to the snake's skin will also trigger more-frequent shedding, since this is how the snake's skin repairs itself. There is no one season during which snakes shed or shed more often. Snakes that don't hibernate, like those in the tropics, shed all throughout the year.
Ryanna Brown Profile
Ryanna Brown answered
A healthy snake sheds about once a month
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
There is no time of year that a snake sheds his skin. Depending on age he will shed about 7 times a year. A snakes skin does not stretch so as it grows he has to lose his old skin. Hope this helps.
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Anonymous answered
Usually about every four to six weeks. You have not said what species you are interested in
Mehreen Misbah Profile
Mehreen Misbah answered
Being one of the most poisonous creatures in the species of animals, snakes are viewed in general as an absolute peril, equally by human beings and those animals who fear the speculation of getting overpowered by them. In order to protect themselves from all dangers, along with that poison sting, snakes have been blessed with special kind of skins that cover their entire bodies. However the skin is not a permanent fixture on the bodies of snakes. On a regular pattern, snakes tend to shed their skins. This shedding business takes place on behalf of snakes when they start outgrowing their skins. This happens because a snake undergoes a growing process throughout the entire course of his life. Till its death does the growing period continue, although the rate of growth does slow down to a considerable extent as the snake grows older. The process of shedding the skin in snakes is termed as sloughing.

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