How Often Does a Ball Python Shed?

If you’re a new ball python owner, you’re probably wondering how often your snake will shed its skin. Here’s what you need to know.

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Most ball pythons will shed their skin every 4-6 weeks. However, when they are babies, they may shed as often as once a week.

What is shedding?

Shedding is a process that ball pythons go through periodically to remove the old, outer layer of their skin. It’s a normal, natural process that happens to all snakes as they grow. Depending on the age and health of your ball python, shedding can happen anywhere from once every 4-8 weeks to once every 2-3 months.

The shedding process

Shedding is a normal, necessary process for all snakes as they grow. Most snakes will shed their skin in one piece, but it’s not uncommon for your ball python to shed in several pieces. The entire shedding process, from start to finish, can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

You’ll know your ball python is getting ready to shed when the colors of its skin become dull and its eyes start to turn cloudy. Once the shedding process has begun, it’s important not to handle your snake too much as this can disrupt the process and cause problems such as retained eye caps. Once the shedding is complete, your ball python’s skin should appear bright and vibrant again.

How often do ball pythons shed?

Most ball pythons will shed every 4-6 weeks if they are well-fed and their enclosure is properly humid. However, some ball pythons may shed as often as once a week, while others may only shed every 8-12 weeks. If your ball python is shedding more frequently than normal, it could be a sign of stress or illness and you should consult a veterinarian.

Signs that your ball python is about to shed

There are several signs that your ball python is about to shed. The first is that the snake will become very restless and may even stop eating. You may also notice that the snake’s skin becomes dull and dry looking. The final sign is that the snake’s eyes will become cloudy and milky looking. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to provide your snake with a warm, humid environment so that shedding will go smoothly.

What to do during shedding

Shedding is a normal, necessary process for snakes that helps them grow and get rid of old skin. For ball pythons, this process usually happens every 4-6 weeks and can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Here are a few things you can do to help your ball python during shedding:

1. Increase the humidity in the tank. You can do this by misting the tank with water or using a humidifier.
2. Provide hiding places. Your snake will likely want to spend more time in hiding places while it is shedding, so make sure there are plenty of options available.
3. Give your snake a warm bath. This will help loosen the old skin and make shedding easier. Just be sure the water is not too hot and that your snake can easily get out of the bath if it wants to.

Shedding can be stressful for snakes, so it’s important to make sure they have everything they need to make it through the process as smoothly as possible.

What to do after shedding

After your ball python sheds, you’ll want to inspect them to make sure they got everything off. If there are any stuck patches, try using a cotton swab dipped in olive oil or a water-based Shedding Aid. Gently work the stuck bits loose until they come off.

Potential problems during shedding

As your ball python goes through its natural shedding process, you may notice some potential problems. If your snake is having trouble shedding, it could be because of a few different reasons. One common reason is that the humidity in your snake’s enclosure is too low. This can cause the skin to dry out and make it more difficult for the snake to shed. Another possibility is that there are objects in the enclosure that are preventing the skin from being shed all at once. Make sure there are no sharp edges or other objects that could be caught on the shedding skin. If you find that your snake is having difficulty shedding, you can try to increase the humidity in its enclosure or help to remove any obstacles that might be in the way.


Q: How often does a ball python shed?
A: Most ball pythons will shed every 4-6 weeks. Some may shed more frequently (every 3-4 weeks) when they are young, and some may shed less frequently (every 5-8 weeks) as they mature.


Shedding is a perfectly normal process for ball pythons and does not indicate that something is wrong. However, if your snake is not shedding regularly or if there are problems with the shed (such as retained eye caps), it could be a sign of an underlying health issue. If you have any concerns, be sure to bring them up with your reptile vet.

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