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centralian eating its shed

Postby Richard.C » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:08 pm

yesterday when watching my female western(gravid) i was watching my large centralian shedding in cage next door,and observed it on numerous occaisions eat freshly shed sheets of skin,ive seen egernia skinks do it,but never seen it personally with tiliqua,but have heard of it
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Kbell31 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:53 pm

I asked if skinks ate their shed in a thread back in December and I believe Karen and Linnea said they have reason to believe their skinks do. I have not seen this in my Merauke.
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby WanderingChai » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:42 pm

I think Tea Cup might eat some of hers... I don't see how the little bits I find in her tank could be it.
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Karen » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:59 pm

I saw Sylvia eat fresh shed the first time she shed with me but not the second.

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She seemed especially fond of the legs/feet booties, but after the skin dried she ignored it. Perhaps something about the oils they produce in shedding?
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Richard.C » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:51 pm

very interesting,yes seems to be fresh shed,mine was eating stomach and back sections
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Spindown » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:22 pm

I've never caught them at it, but I'm sure it must happen! There is no way that a few pieces that i see are the whole shed. :D
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Fred Gaal » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:14 am

I have seen that my male asper eat his shed almost complete.
A friend of mine did take a picture, I will aske him to send it to me.
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Linnea » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:26 am

my skink eats parts of the fresh shed. there werent even "gloves" left of this shed, and i cleaned 3 hours after he started shedding. unfortunately i have not watched him eat it so i cannot confirm my suspicions further until i have the luck of having both time and timing to watch.
however, i know from the look of what comes out a while later that it indeed used to be shed. so, ill say im 80% sure he has eaten large shed parts with intention to do it and not by mistake. he didnt do this when i got him, im not sure if its because i was more eager to clean his cage and didnt let him be, or if he eats it sometimes and sometimes not.
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Fred Gaal » Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:29 am

Fred Gaal wrote:I have seen that my male asper eat his shed almost complete.
A friend of mine did take a picture, I will aske him to send it to me.


It did take some time but here they are.

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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Richard.C » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:29 pm

nice shots fred
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Menno » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:47 am

Hi,

Especially multifasciata is very good in not letting me know they have shed, only when I see their poo afterwards. They can litterally get rid of all the evidence that they have shed by eating almost every scale they shed. I havetn observed such behaviour in this extend with other tiliqua's. I have seen the other species eat some shed but not like multifasciata :)

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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Richard.C » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:22 pm

thanks menno,i hadnt witnessed them doing it before,but had noticed a lack of shed left in the past,its amazing how differently each species sheds,my westerns in comparison seem to shed each scale individually
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Menno » Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:36 am

Hi Richard,
At this moment two of my western males are shedding, but they arent so active with it like centralians. The westerns just seem to wait till all shed falls off while my centralians make it a sport to shed as fast as they can. Indeed so different in behaviour. I shall have a better look at how their scales shed like you mentioned individually.

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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Fred Gaal » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:31 am

My Western both shed different, the smaller one is very active and trys to get it off right away and the other is just waiting till is drops off.
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Re: centralian eating its shed

Postby Richard.C » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:36 am

the centralians are remarkable with how fast they get it off,my westerns also just let it do it by it self,barely rub it off,just seems to flake of individually,i have a pic of it,they are on astro turf so u can see the females single scale bits everywhere

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