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Leopard gecko care tips ~ how to help your sick leopard gecko

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Your leopard gecko got a sickness? Is your leopard gecko pet not quite acting right? Perhaps they have gained weight, lost weight, their tail is looking thin or they are having trouble eating or pooping. Leopard geckos are generally fairly easy to take care off, especially compared to a lot of other reptile pets, and they don't cost an awful lot of money for their maintenance. But still, a sick leopard gecko might quickly have other health problems unless you spot their health problems as soon as possible and act accordingly.

And it helps to create a regular routine of carefully inspecting your leopard gecko and watching out for any leopard gecko problems. It's good to take a thorough look at your leopard gecko pet every week. Once you get used to their character, body and habits, you will notice little changes pretty quickly.

One of the first and most common leopard gecko problems is when your leopard gecko is not eating and wont eat no matter what tasty mealworms, crickets or other food you might tempt them with. A leopard gecko not eating for one or two days is quite normal, but if they don't seem interested in eating for a week, then you need to investigate further.

The leopard gecko's famous and beautiful tail provides another key sign of a healthy or sick leopard gecko. The tail should be quite fat, meaty and strong. If they tail starts to shrink, becomes skinny and lacks movement, that's a strong sign of illness.

And watch for changes in character and behavior. Maybe you have quite an energetic, cheeky little gecko pet. If they suddenly become listless, lying around and being floppy in your hand, that's a clear warning sign of potential gecko problems.

Or perhaps your gecko has started to stink.

Most of the leopard gecko health and sickness problems are to do with environment, malnutrition or bad nutrition, stress, parasites or impaction (obstruction of the bowel).

The first thing you need to do is inspect their leopard gecko cage for any obvious signs of problems. Remove the leopard gecko and make sure to keep her/him separate from the other reptile pets so any parasites or health problems do not spread. See if the leopard gecko vivarium has any contamination such as a bleach or some household cleaning product that might have been accidentally spilled or maybe the cage wasn't rinsed out properly after disinfection. Look closing at the leopard gecko substrate: is it clean? Check the temperature of your vivarium. Is it too hot, or too cold, or too humid?

Check the food bowl: are there rotting foods in there that need to be removed? Has your leopard gecko had enough water to drink and was it clean?

Then look at the food the gecko ate most recently. Did you change their diet? Maybe the new food you introduced had some problem such as bacteria. Did they receive enough nutrition? Mealworms can provide much needed fat for example, but too many mealworms, your leopard gecko will get obese which isn't healthy.

If you're not sure of the problem, find a local vet but double check to make sure that they have had experience in looking after reptiles. If you can, bring along a poop sample for them.

As always, prevention is the best cure so read these key leopard gecko care tips.


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