My son's leopard gecko's toe doesn't look good. We thought it may have turned purple because of shedding. We've tried soaking it. Nothing seems to be working. Its toenail looks a bit black too. Does anyone know what is going on here?

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  • Looks like a toe, in that photo... not much different from the next toe over. If the animal is gripping with it...
    – keshlam
    Feb 3, 2016 at 16:54

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It's just from clogged up skin but your gecko could lose its toes due to blood circulation being cut off.

Just soak it in warm water for ten minutes then get a cotton ball and rub and pat gently till its clogged skin comes off. This process should remain gentle: do not force skin off with fingers.

To avoid this happening again keep your gecko in a cage with a moist environment and replace sand with a mat. Make sure his favorite hiding spot stays moist too.

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