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I got to watch Charlie shed this morning! - Mark's Journal
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I got to watch Charlie shed this morning!
Charlie shedding!It's not the first time Charlie has shed since I adopted her last fall, but it's the first time I got to watch. She started slightly when I went downstairs and turned on the light, but kept on about her business. Conveniently, my new Nikon pocket camera was on the basement table, so I was able to capture a few minutes of video as well as a couple of stills.

Video: http://gallery.mac.com/mha/100032

When she was done, I was able to immediately remove the still-damp shed from her tank, which means I also have the first nearly intact skin. I've mostly found several pieces by the time I get there. This time, all but her front few inches ended up in a single piece. Holding it up in front of me, it was nearly as tall as I was, so I guess she's at least six feet long now!
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kaitl From: kaitl Date: July 7th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
what'll work?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 7th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Clearly not. :-) Stay tuned.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 7th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Take another look!
kaitl From: kaitl Date: July 7th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh cool! :-)
From: dblaser_ca Date: July 7th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looks like it comes off inside out.

And what do you do with a shed snake skin?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 7th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

It does come off inside-out, and there's not much you can do with it. It's very thin and filmy; you'd need more of her than she'll willingly part with to make a "snakeskin" handbag or the like. :-)
keeyoo From: keeyoo Date: July 8th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hang it on the wall like we did to show her growth. Sadly, all her baby skins were lost in the fire...

kryssik From: kryssik Date: July 8th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
That was cool!!!

Thanks Mark for sharing.
perisoft From: perisoft Date: July 8th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
You seem waaaay too attached to that snake. :)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 8th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

If your cat could slip out of an outer layer of skin, you'd be impressed the first time you got to watch, too. :-)
perisoft From: perisoft Date: July 8th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Err... I suppose that's true... hmm. Suddenly I'm not so excited about lunch. :)
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