Photo Of The Day: T’is The Season For Moulting

T’is the season for moulting for my baby Maypo!

Bathing him helped him to shed his outer skin as it began to get a bit tight for him. I came home and he looked like he was wearing a tutu!

Bearded dragons outgrow their outer layer of skin and you need to soak and bath them in warm water. Using a soft baby toothbrush, I gently brush and stroke his back, face, arms and legs to help the skin fall off. Never use your fingers to peel it as this can damage the scales and they may never grow back!

Fun Fact

‘In biology, moulting (British English), or molting(American English), also known as sloughing, shedding, or in many invertebrates, ecdysis, is the manner in which an animal routinely casts off a part of its body (often, but not always, an outer layer or covering), either at specific times of the year, or at specific points in its life cycle.

Moulting can involve shedding the epidermis (skin), pelage (hair, feathers, fur, wool), or other external layer. In some groups, other body parts may be shed, for example, wings in some insects or the entire exoskeleton in arthropods.’ —Wikipedia

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18 thoughts on “Photo Of The Day: T’is The Season For Moulting

      1. I had a black rat snake that was about 2 meters long living wild in my yard. He actually got used to being moved off of my tractor. I keep a hooked stick to move him with and would simply lift it off the tractor and move it to the work shop. After a few times of this it started moving to the shop by itself and will actually come out to “say hello” sometimes.

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  1. Such a cutie! And a beautiful photo too. My son also has a lizard, an Uromastyx. It’s mostly herbivorous. My son has asthma so he can’t be near “furry friends” such as cats and dogs, but he wanted a pet… The Uromastyx was a good option for him.

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      1. He’s beautiful! That is a good name for him. I don’t claim to have all the answers, however, if anything comes up regarding his health, I’ll help where I can via the ‘contact’ page at our site. Best wishes for your family+1 : ) Also, I’m glad you brought up using the water + soft toothbrush method to remove the old skin ( for the lizard parents that may not have known of that method).

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