I have a female Golden Gecko. I've had her for about a year. She is an extremely enthusiastic eater and she has a very assertive nature. There is a Skunk Gecko in her tank as well. I know I need to split them up because her love of food keeps the Skunk Gecko from getting enough to eat. But lack of funds has prevented me from being able to get an additional set up. Saturday night I put 5 small crickets in the tank. Sunday morning I awoke to find the Golden Gecko laying on her back on the bottom of the tank. I picked her up and she was still alive but unable to move much. I held her in my hand for a couple of hours to try and warm her up. She would twitch her back legs and "wag" her tail. And she held onto my thumb with her front legs. Every 20 or 30 minutes she would tense up from nose to the tip of her tail and then she would slowly go limp again. I honestly expected her to pass at any moment. After a few hours of holding her she tried to bite me so I figured she must be feeling better! I set up a small (2 gallon) tank for her and put her in it. I placed a heat lamp over it (not close enough to endanger her) to keep her warm. She just lays in the same spot but she will lift her head and look at me. I've gotten her to drink water from a needleless syringe twice (yesterday evening and this morning). She can lift her head and pull herself with her front legs but she doesn't seem to have any control over her back legs and her tail just lays there except the tip of it wiggles sometimes.
What in the world has happened to her? At first I thought that maybe she ate all 5 crickets herself and ruptured her stomach but if that were the case wouldn't she be gone by now? I thought maybe it was a cramp from over eating - kind of like we get after Thanksgiving dinner when it literally hurts to move - but that wouldn't cause her to lose the use of her back legs. I just don't know what to do for her.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.