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    Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    my gecko takes 3 days to shed and I have to help him every time but today his eyes were swollen shut and capped what should I do I don't have money for the vet






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    re: Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    Have you read over the caresheet? Can you post a picture, of the gecko, and desribe the enclosure? How long have you had him? Is he housed alone? Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) Caresheet
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    re: Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    Give us a rundown on your setup. Temps, size tank, humidity, type of light, substrate, diet and and any supplements as well as if you have a moist hide.

    Check out the care sheet and compare it to what you are doing.
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    re: Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    OK, well I have him and one other there both in a 20gal long tank with brown sand. The temp is what it should be, but I just found out today that the humidity gauge was not working and the humidity was really at 65%. OK now for the feeding. My geckos are broke or something. lol They started off with mealworms and crickets every day and then I fed them some waxworms and now they refuse to eat mealworms and crickets so now they only eat waxworms and very few at that. They are only 3 to 4 months old, very small and very skinny. I feel like I did something wrong. Well I know that the waxmorms were wrong, but that's it. So tell me what you can think of what's wrong with my geckos. Thanks.

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    First of all ditch the sand. You will probably get a bunch of others chiming in on this -- sand is not good for them and it is a huge problem that can cause impaction. For now just place paper towels on the bottom - its easy, cheap and you can judge their potty habits better with paper towels.

    I also suggest that you go to you closest hardware store and get a digital thermometer. You can get one that also shows humidity levels and a separate probe for checking specific spots around the tank to make sure you really are on track for about $13. WORTH IT.

    With your wax worm issue, they have probably just developed a taste for them -- although Wax worms are supposed to be high in fat, so I would think they would not be getting skinny eating them. The fat content of a wax worm is why they should not be a staple and only a treat. And my Geckos change their taste in food too - that is not that unusual (I don't think). The one used to eat only super worms, now she won't touch them (and, btw, she hated wax worms)

    What are their sizes - measured from nose to tip of tail? And do you have a small kitchen scale that you can weigh them on?

    Pictures of the critters would be helpful. I want to suggest just taking away the wax worms and wait for them to get hungry enough to eat -- BUT I don't think that is the answer if they have already lost weight.

    And as for your original shedding question, try some warm (not hot) baths to help the Gecko with their shedding. Do you have a moist hide for them to climb into in the tank?

    Ok, I know I just threw a lot at you, sorry. I hope some of this helps. Keep coming with some more info - and we will do our best to help you out.
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    re: Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    Thanks. I can't measure them for you or get pictures far a couple days there at my dads house and I'm at my moms till Friday. I will get them for you. I have to guess on size I would say 4 - 4.5 inches and as for the moss hide, I put one in there but I took it out because they didn't like it or I never ever saw them in it and when I put them in it the just ran out. Hope this helps till I get pics but I hope it isn't to late. I think he might go blind soon.

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    Put the moss hide back in, preferably in the warm side of the tank. Keep it moist by spraying it with water ever other day. You may not see them use it, and sometimes it takes them a while to get used to it.

    With the second Gecko I got, she didn't use her hide for her first two sheds, then all of a sudden she figured it out - and it helped he shed go easier.

    What makes you think he is going blind? Is it because of the possible shed build up on the eyes? if it is shed build up, it may be able to be fixed, don't panic yet. Try a warm bath asap. Use a container larger than the gecko and put just enough water so they can stand without it being over their neck. They may not like it, but it should help. I think 10 minutes at a time (someone will correct me on this if I'm wrong).

    But pics and sizes will help too.
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    re: Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by deffleapard View Post
    the temp is what it should be
    Sorry but THAT doesn't tell us anything! What is the overall temperature of the tank as well as the basking area temperature? What type of device are you using to measure the temperature? And where is it placed?
    Excess humidity should actually assist them in shedding, not hinder it.
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    ok I gave them a bath and I got all the "gloves" off their hands but the shed is still stuck on one of his eyes and I think it was pussing a little as for the moss hide I just whent to the store and bought some pete moss and cut a little hide and put it in their cage on the side that the heat pad is umm for temp 75 on the cold 80 85 on the hot I will post a pic of what he looks like around his eyes but the pic is not of my gecko just one that is similar
    this is what it looks like but not as bad but its getting there thanks for following me along with this I appreciate it

    I have a vet appointment in half an hour for him so ill let you guys know whats up with him when I get back

    took him to the vet and they popped them off it was grose and he told me that he might have eye infection and if it happens again come back and the will give us some eye drops for him but he is really stressed now but atleast he can see now

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    Re: Leopard Gecko Has Shedding Problems

    Did the vet give you eye drops as well? there will still be infection left even if the outer bit has been burst! so he'll need a treatment of eye drops for definate.

    Eye infections are fairly easy to treat but never prod at their eyes, we had similar problems and went to a supposedly 'reputable' vet who had us "cleaning his eyes" with a cotton bud, he is now partially sighted, be careful, but definitely get hold of some anti biotic eye drops from your vet....he shouldn't need to go in with you if they already know the issue.

    AND if I read correctly that your hot side temps are 85 you need to get that up about 5 degrees and there is a chance this will solve the eating problem...

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