Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cloudy Snake Eyes


Nagini (a.k.a. Naggie) the garter snake has eyes that are clouded over this morning. 

Often referred to as milky or bluish eyes, they are a tell-tale sign that she will be shedding her skin soon. 

Snake eyes are covered with a specially adapted scale (called an eye cap), which loosens up in order to be shed along with the rest of the skin. This loosening is what causes the altered appearance of the eyes. 

There is quite a bit of advice available online for how to care for a snake when it is entering into this relatively vulnerable phase.