Is there anything that completely fascinates you no matter how many times you see it? I’m sure all of you can think of at least one. I have many because I am always in awe of the world around me and especially anything to do with life and nature, but tonight in particular it was watching my son’s gecko shed. You have all met Zipper before, and I know I have already posted pictures of him shedding, but I am feeling the need to share this wonderful experience again.
Zipper is such a trooper – shedding is a tiring job you know. A couple of days ago I noticed that he was starting to turn white, so I began spraying him once a day with warm water which I have heard helps the process. After a good spray this afternoon, Zipper started to drag himself along the mesh of his cage trying to rip open the dry skin. You see, shedding doesn’t just happen on its own. Zipper has to tear the old skin off bit by bit to reveal his fresh, colourful, new skin. It truly amazes me to watch how ingenious he can be to accomplish this job – how he grabs a hold of a piece of skin, pulls and pulls and then moves his mouth along the piece of old skin to make it a shorter distance to pull once again. I love to stand and watch him, and I always urge him on telling him what a good job he is doing. I know, I’m strange – my kids tell me that every day – but it really is quite exciting to watch.
It’s extremely difficult to get pictures of Zipper while he is shedding because there is only a small opening where I can get my camera in without having to take the photos through the mesh of his cage. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to mind :). I know some of you will think this is kind of disgusting, but I’m sure there are many of you who will find it just as fascinating as I do, and I hope you enjoy my photos.