My and father got my mother a little leopard gecko as an early Christmas gift on the 17th of December. She is a female leopard gecko, and about 6-8 months old? We are not too sure about her age, but she is not full grown yet..
When we brought her home she was scared and anxious like any new animals are, and we left her alone in her enclosure with fresh food, calcium and water each day.. She got used to our voices, but was still pretty anxious when we came near the tank to look at her.
When we were setting up the tank, we noticed that the kit they got had the wrong types of lights. They were way too high, and would have almost cooked the gecko if we hadn’t noticed the temps tire.. We had to go and buy new and proper lights..
Right after this she started shedding. We believe that it was a forced shed.. From the stress and the wrong heating. She was never able to get the skin off of her toes.. and we couldn’t handle her to help, since she is so new.. It seemed difficult for her to walk because of the skin on her toes/hands, and she had to position her arms weird, even when she slept..
We soon found out that she wouldn’t eat her mealworms or crickets, and the only way we got food into her was by giving her living crickets.. She would drink the normal amount of water, and would eat a cricket when hungry..
Not too long after all of this, she started to drink.. A lot. I was afraid that she was trying to lay eggs, and I was right.. We think that the eggs never properly formed, or fell apart.. She cannot push them properly, and just little pieces are coming out.. Her belly looks swollen, and she is in a lot of pain.. She has no energy to push, and just sits and walks with her hind legs open, and sometimes in the air.. She would constantly crawl around her enclosure, and at a point she started to actually drag herself rather than crawl properly..
Today she has started opening her mouth, and looking as if she is trying to gag, or push something up.. She started flinging herself, like she was having an exorcism, and it was terrifying to see.. She accidentally hit her jaw once or twice on her house, as we think there is blood on her mouth.. She squeaked at one point, and she has been breathing very shallow breaths, and has been heaving..
She IS in CONSTANT pain, and we have NO idea on what to do.. We are all crying, and we can’t figure out what to do..
This is the first leopard gecko we have ever owned, and we feel like we are horrible people.. The kit we bought at PetCo for her was labeled for leopard geckos, but came with misleading parts and pictures.. The lamp they gave us would’ve almost cooked her, and the dishes were wrong..
We have done our best to take care of her, and we didn’t know she was sick until now.. She got 100% worse today, and we were unable to take her to the vet in time..
Her name is Cricket by the way, and we love her dearly.. We feel so bad..
We have also noticed that her tail is not getting bigger, and it is concerning us as well..