Why Do Snakes Shed Their Skin?

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Snakes normally shed their skin to allow for growth. They also do this to remove the existing parasites along with their old skin. This activity is considered to be under hormonal control and they shed their skin 4-8 times per year.
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Snakes shed their skin because of the process of growing. Some snakes shed their skins four to eight times a year. This shedding is called ecdysis.
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Snakes skin does not grow, so if they want to continue to get bigger they shed their skin periodically. The only times they have trouble shedding is when there is no moisture in the
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1. Remove any dirt, plants or fecal matter from the shed skin by very gently brushing with your fingers or using a tweezers or small, soft-bristled brush. Remember the skin is very
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Snakes grow rapidly when they are young, and they continue to grow throughout their lives. Their skin does not grow along with them, however, so they must shed their outer covering
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