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When Rocky, my leopard gecko, sheds it seems like the last thing to come off is the skin on his face, head, and eyes. It looks like he can't see at all! Is this okay?

  • Thanks for your question. Unfortunately I had to remove your second question about skin sensitivity while shedding, you can see the reason(s) why here. Definitely feel free to ask it as a new question though. – Spidercat Jan 14 '15 at 14:25
  • Can you edit to include a picture? Without a visual, it's quite hard to guess what you mean by "It looks like he can't see at all". – starsplusplus May 12 '15 at 13:40
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If he is eating and drinking he should be ok. If the skin on his eyes seem to take a long time compared to the rest of his shedding body parts, you can try using saline solution by dropping little drops on the shedding skin that is stuck.

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As stated Deirdra Strangio, if the gecko can and does still eat while in shed, it's not much of a real problem. One thing you can do to help speed the shedding process up is include a "damp" hide. This will give a slight boost to the humidity and help the gecko to remove it's shed.

A damp hide can be made from a deli cup with lid, place some sphagnum moss or paper towel inside it and spray it down with water. We use this method for our Leopard geckos and it drastically reduces the shed time and alleviates stress for the animal.

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If it is eventually coming off then yes this is "okay" but it's not ideal. If the shedding process is taking too long, it means that the humidity in his habitat is too low. If this continues to happen and the new skin forms under the old skin over his eyes and the old skin never comes off, this can lead to infection and even eventually blindness in extreme cases (multiple sheddings stuck over the eyes). Once you notice he's about to start shedding, try to increase the humidity in his cage and also provide a humidity box as described by @Elefym

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