So I have this little pastel girl. Is this scaleless head? It looks like it to me personally but she doesn’t have the split vent scale like they’re supposed to.
From what i have been seeing, i would say yours is not a scaleless. It looks to have all the scales from the pictures you posted. I was not able to see any missing. But i am not a scaleless expert.
If you look at what @steelserpents has posted, you can clearly see missing scales.
No. I agree not SH. SH is just that, a small patch on top of the head thats lacking scales. Similarly, MicroScale is a condition where the scales on top of the head are super small compared to normal scales. What i think im seeing, i’ve seen before on balls, carpets, green trees, burms, spotted and even my womas but i dont know the exact cause. Seems to be related to sheding. Sometimes a small patch or retained scales can give the same appearance. Could be a spot that was dryer when they shed or a spot that came in contact with a heat source prior to shedding. Either way, it usually goes back to normal looking after the next shed.
Great question but because of the non split ventral scale, and the fact that the scales are there just like @crouhselang said look that way probably related to shedding its not. I would just like to point out that @steelserpents showed the heads of excellent examples of the scaleless heads, they can also exhibit much less of the scaleless head in physical appearance maybe only missing a couple scales, very hard to see. That’s why most people agree to always have that split ventral scale as a definite id for the genes scaleless and microscale.
I agree on the not scaless head.
Double check the humidty and keep an eye on that one’s next shed. It’s most likely just from not quite shedding right as @crouhselang had said, but I have seen something a bit similar looking in situations where the animals were kept too humid as well. If it does seem to worsen before the next shed, then it could be a fungal infection.
I agree @banereptiles. It’s probably not retained shed but have seen a few that have resembled that with the retained shed. I also agree with @armiyana about the fungal suggestion. My tubs have a tendency to condensate quickly when an animal urinates in the back near the heat, i probably need beter ventalation in my own tubs. Thanks for bringing that up.
That’s just scale damage from a less-than-perfect shed. She was just a bit dehydrated so the shed didn’t come off very smoothly, so it took off a small layer of scale with it. It’s not a big deal at all, it’ll fix itself next shed