How to Help a Crested Gecko Shed (4 Ways)

Crested geckos are reptiles that shed their skin regularly to replace it with a new layer.

This is a natural process that usually does not cause any problems for the gecko.

However, sometimes the old skin may get stuck on some parts of the body, such as the toes, tail, eyes, or crest. This can lead to infections, circulation issues, or loss of appendages if not treated properly.

To help your crested gecko shed, you should provide a comfortable and supportive environment for them.

Here are some steps you can take:

  • Increase the humidity in their enclosure to about 60 to 80 percent. This will help moisten and loosen the old skin. You can use a hygrometer to measure the humidity level.
  • Offer them more hiding places, such as plants, cork bark, or coconut shells. This will make them feel more secure and less stressed during the shedding process.
  • Monitor their behavior and check for any signs of shedding problems, such as dull or wrinkled skin, lethargy, loss of appetite, or rubbing against objects. If you notice any of these, help them shed manually.
  • To remove any stuck skin, you can try the following methods:
    • Moisten the affected area with a damp cotton swab, paper towel, or spray bottle. Then gently rub or peel off the skin with your fingertips, a soft-bristled toothbrush, or a Q-tip. Be careful not to pull too hard or damage the skin underneath.
    • Give your crested gecko a sauna by placing them in a small container with a few holes for ventilation and some damp paper towels or moss at the bottom. Close the lid and leave them in there for about 15 to 20 minutes. This will create a humid and warm environment that will help soften the skin. After the sauna, you can try to remove the skin as described above.
  • If you are unable to remove the skin yourself, or if the gecko shows signs of infection, pain, or bleeding, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.

I hope this helps…

If you have any other questions, please share them in the comment section.


Q: How often do crested geckos shed?

Crested geckos shed fairly often, especially when they are young.

Babies and juveniles may shed weekly, while adults usually shed every few weeks to a month.

Shedding frequency can also vary depending on individual factors and growth rate.

Q: Is it normal for crested geckos to eat their shed skin?

Yes, it’s entirely normal and natural for crested geckos to eat their shed skin.

They do this to replenish nutrients and avoid attracting predators.

Q: What should I do if my crested gecko has stuck shed?

If you notice stuck shed, gently mist the area with lukewarm water and increase humidity in the enclosure.

You can also try a warm, shallow bath to help loosen the skin.

Avoid pulling on stuck shed as it can damage their delicate skin.

If stuck shed persists or is located on sensitive areas like toes or eyelids, consult a reptile veterinarian.

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