Leopard Gecko Shedding

leopard gecko shedding
Leopard Gecko Shedding, photo by Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital

Is your leopard gecko shedding? Then you need a humid hide. Here is why you need one and how you can make one.

Humid hide

A humid hide is exactly what its called, its a humid hide that is easily made with a few simple house held materials which helps your leopard gecko shed during it’s shedding process. All the humidity hide does is make the shedding layer of skin come off your leopard gecko more easily. You have no idea how many horror stories I have heard of people not setting up a humid hide for their leopard gecko (during it’s shedding process) resulting in loss of toes for their leopard gecko(s).

How To Make a Humid Hide

All you need to make a humid hide is 3 things; a plastic container, paper towels or moss, and a pair of scissors. I prefer paper towels because it’s cheaper, easily replaceable, and cleaner. So here are the steps.

  1. Get your plastic container and cut out a big hole or square in one of the sides of the container using your scissors (big enough for your leopard gecko to fit through). This is how your leopard gecko will get access to the humid hide.
  2. Grab some paper towels or moss and put it into the container which will help keep the humidity up inside the container. Make sure to spray the humid hide down every other day or so, or it will dry out.
  3. Put the container into the enclosure and make sure your leopard gecko can find a way to get inside of it.

That’s it! You’re done. It’s easy, cheap, and does the job!


Now you know what you need and what to do when your leopard gecko’s shedding.

Leopard Gecko Shed

Once your leopard geckos shed starts to come off, you do not want to help take it off by pulling any skin. Allow your leopard gecko to do it all by himself. If you pull any shed that is not ready to come off, it will indeed hurt your gecko. Your gecko will most likely use objects in its enclosure to help take the shed off by scraping its body against the objects. This is why you shouldn’t have any sharp objects in your geckos enclosure. Don’t be alarmed if your leopard gecko starts to eat the shed once it starts to come off. It’s absolutely normal. If you notice that your leopard gecko is having trouble getting the shed off of its feet, you may help by getting a Q-tip and dabbing it in water than moistening the foot area to loosen up the skin. Again, do not help peel it off.
And that’s all there is to it. I hope this informative article helps you with your leopard gecko shedding.

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