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28 September 2008 @ 02:35 pm
Hi! My name is Lyz, and my husband and i have had our Mali for two years and some change now. His name is Shlomo, the original Hebrew  for Solomon (we thought it was a good lizard-y name.)

I have a question about shedding habits. 

He's been in a more- or less continuous shed since we got him. And his tail really concerns me. Is it usual for the old spike to drop off and the new ones to grow up out of the tail to replace them? or should the spike already be hard once the shed comes off? if any one has pictures and or advice, that would put a lot of my fears to rest. 

we were told to try soaking his tail for five minutes or so in lukewarm water, but i think that might open the door for a skin disease. the other alternative i am aware of is putting NeoSporin on it, but that's really just for tail-rot. 

Thanks in advance for your help!
Current Mood: anxiousa little concerned
Stacey Loostaceyloobug on September 28th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
When my uros shed their tails, it sort of looks like the spike comes off...but it's really just hard skin. You know what I mean?

I actually soak my uros for about 5 minutes every month or so, whether or not they need it for shedding. The jury seems to be out on that (whether or not it's a great idea). But, since they don't DRINK water, their body will soak up a little and help their skin. Some people don't at ALL, some people do once a week, some people only do when they need help shedding.

ETA: The soaking (in my head) is sort of to simulate the wild. It probably only rains a wee tiny bit in the desert where they're commonly from. So I treat the soak in the sink as though it were rainfall. :)

Edited at 2008-09-28 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Awesome1sands_of_time1 on September 30th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
oh, believe me it gets warm enough in his cage- we live in one of the desert-y bits of NorCal. It's still very much summer here, and the high for today is supposed to be 89. We sprinkle his food with repto-cal twice a week and supplement his greens with bearded dragon bites. According to the nutritional data on the box, they're pretty ideal.

The other thing is the fact that he's only three years old. This will be the first big shed he's had on his tail since we've had him.