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What to do right now Firstly, gecko shedding doesn't happen all at once. It happens over about 24 hours. So if there's still some skin present the next day, don't worry about it - that's normal. If a few days have gone by and you can still see some patches of old skin, it might be time to step in. If a patch of old skin is left on the toe (toes are often a ...


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Please bear in mind that I don't have veterinary qualifications, I'm just giving you the best advice I can based on my own experience. I really do feel that the best thing for this animal would be to take it to a vet asap. I understand that this isn't a possibility for you, but I felt like I had to put it at the start of my answer in case anyone else comes ...


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Leopard geckos are carnivorous, so they probably won't even consider eating any vegetation you put in with them. If you're worried about vitamins, gut-loaded crickets are the easiest, and best, option in my opinion. If you can't purchase crickets that are already gut-loaded at your local pet store, you can gut-load whatever crickets you purchase by feeding ...


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Autotomy in leopard geckos Leopard geckos drop their tails only under extreme stress (life or death situations - as judged by the gecko). It's a move designed to distract predators so the gecko can escape. They lose a substantial amount of fat reserve doing so, which is why it's only under extreme circumstances. The tail is dropped by means of a sphinctre ...


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The first thing I'd look for is a vet listed as an exotic-pet veterinarian because they're more likely to be able to care for reptiles than a normal veterinarian would be. It might be a different case in bigger cities where vets see a wider variety of animals, but I've not been impressed with the knowledge of non-exotic vets regarding animals other than ...


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It is about the end of their mating season (Jan 1st to Feb 1st), so it's possible that she's building a nest for eggs. It could just be instinct to do it, so unless she's been exposed to a male (they can store sperm for later), I wouldn't worry too much about finding eggs. Generally they won't lay eggs unless they're fertilized, although it is possible. But ...


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You need to give them vegetation - but not directly :) They are carnivores - more precisely, insectivores - so will not (and should not) eat any plant matter of its own accord. However, you need to "gut load" their feeder insects for 24 hours before offering the insects to the geckos. Just feed the insects a huge pile of goodies - carrot, lettuce, spinach, ...


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Even though he no longer has eyes it is still ideal that all shed be removed. Retained shed can cause avascular necrosis which can lead to sloughing of the skin and osteomyelitis of the underlying bone (mainly with digits). There is a chance that the retained shed may come off during his next shed cycle. In the meantime provide a humidity box with peat moss ...


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As far as the general lifecycle of a gecko goes, it's quite simple. The gecko starts as an egg, hatches into a young gecko, becomes an adult, and makes more eggs. (Source) Leopard geckos breed all throughout January-September, and can even store the sperm for later, until they feel they're in the right conditions to lay eggs. Like most reptiles, they ...


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As stated Deirdra Strangio, if the gecko can and does still eat while in shed, it's not much of a real problem. One thing you can do to help speed the shedding process up is include a "damp" hide. This will give a slight boost to the humidity and help the gecko to remove it's shed. A damp hide can be made from a deli cup with lid, place some sphagnum moss ...


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If he is eating and drinking he should be ok. If the skin on his eyes seem to take a long time compared to the rest of his shedding body parts, you can try using saline solution by dropping little drops on the shedding skin that is stuck.


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I've done some reading and PVA glue is generally recommended as a safe non-toxic glue for children to use. This page says it has little fumes whereas this one says it does not emit any harmful fumes. Multiple pages say it's only toxic when ingested. So I'll be careful not to let any spills get on any of the rest of the hide in case the gecko manages to find ...


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Overview Leopard geckos have three types of pigmentation, contained in three different types of cells: melanophores, which contain black pigment (melanin); xanthophores, which contain red, yellow or orange pigment; and iridophores, which contain crystalline materals that reflect and refract light. Albinism is usually when animals cannot produce melanin ...


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My female leopard gecko is about 9mo, and she digs all the time at night. I thought at first she was stressed, and then being as she is female I was thinking, she was digging because nature was taking its course and she's of age to have babies... researching I have found its very normal for geckos to do this... She doesn't show signs of stress and she's ...


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Okay, there's really nothing you can specifically do to treat your lizard since you lack the proper equipment to do any diagnosis and determine what the actual injury is. Given the lack of movement, I doubt it's a simple as a broken leg. So, other than ensuring proper body temperature and ensuring access to food that doesn't really move (e.g. meal worms), I ...


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Be careful using human products on reptiles, as they have sensitivities to particular chemicals. I'm not familiar with TCP but "phenol" is part of the name and phenols (like in Listerine, Pine-Sol, and other disinfectants) can be toxic to reptiles (Source: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Disinfectants.html Most minor cuts might be better left alone unless ...


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If you look up the list of plants and veggies that are toxic or unsafe FOR REPTILES to eat, tomatoes AND their leaves are included. Considering anything digested by the locusts are in their bodies when the gecko eats them, my answer would be no. You can never be too sure what toxins are left in or on their bodies and which ones did and didn't chew on the ...


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What do I do? Leave it be, use a layer of paper towel as substrate to prevent dirt from getting into the area causing infection. Keep her moist hide always fresh, dampen it daily. Tupperware container (hole cut in for an entrance) with soaked paper towel or peat moss works great. If you see her in process of shedding again increase the humidity in her ...


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What do we need to watch for? Signs of metabolic bone disease are: lumps and bumps along their backs; bone deformities such as kinks in their spine; constipation; swollen arms or legs (Popeye arms); lethargy and inappetence. Is there anything we can proactively do? Yes! Start with good husbandry and your regular calcium supplementation. If you are very ...


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Make sure the bleeding is nothing excessive. It should not be, but make sure. The gecko's blood vessels constrict before the tails falls off so you should be OK. Make sure to bandage the tail, calm the gecko down and stop anything that promotes infection and agitation. Also, remove the gecko from the cage with other pets, as now that its tail is removed it ...


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Vet's Number This item is pretty much essential in any first aid kit, but is often overlooked. if your gecko looks in a bad way or you have tried everything you know - then this is can be a gecko life saver more than the other tools on this list. There's nothing worse than scrambling around to find a contact number for a vet in a panic. To get your local ...


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If it is eventually coming off then yes this is "okay" but it's not ideal. If the shedding process is taking too long, it means that the humidity in his habitat is too low. If this continues to happen and the new skin forms under the old skin over his eyes and the old skin never comes off, this can lead to infection and even eventually blindness in extreme ...


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It could be for the following reasons: You have two male geckos, which fight (check if they have a bump underneath their bottom) They don't have enough room Medical Reasons They are still young and panic a lot Playing/Restless -etc. I need more information to confirm any of these. I recommend observing them and taking them to the vet.


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In general, 4-6 weeks is considered a good quarantine time. You can choose how long to quarantine, but what you're really looking for is whether the new animal is presenting any signs of diseases that it could transmit to your other geckos. Some diseases, such as mites or respiratory infections, you should be able to detect quickly, within the first week of ...


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You ripped off its toe while helping it shed? It's not entirely clear if that's what happened. Unless you know that the shedding is problematic, you should never help them. When it starts to bug them, they'll rub themselves up against anything abrasive they can find. That way, you're giving control of shedding to them. If they really need help, soak them ...


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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 ...


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I would go to the vet hospital if he's constipated for 4+ days and not eating/lethargic for 2 weeks. A veterinarian will have to do a physical exam to determine cause.


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I would stay away from the mealworms - they aren't very nutritious and are hard to digest. As your little guy grows a variety of small crickets, waxworms, silkworms and butterworms will be a delicacy. As an adult you can feed all the above as well as superworms and small to medium sized hornworms. If you haven't done a fecal test I recommend doing so as ...


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I got a hatchling about a month ago, it took her a good 5-7 days to get used to her new surroundings and get comfy enough to start eating. I was getting pretty worried and then she ate one small mealworm...the next day she was chowing down on pinhead crickets and will eat every day without issue now. A good rule of thumb is not to feed anything bigger than ...


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