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    Advice Please.

    I am in need of some advice. My leopard gecko, grace, has been having irregularity problems. At first I thought it was stress but I'm not so sure anymore. I've been cleaning her poop out daily and the last two were not normal (hard and formed) and not runny. It was a white ball but was almost a mucus (sp?) thickness to it. Grace has also been not so interested in eating. She will let the crickets walk right up to her and she does not even try to catch them. She is eating but barely one cricket a night. The temps have not changed in her 10 gal. tank. Its still 85 - 90 on the hot side and 70 - 80 on the cool. We think she is 7 weeks old now. Should I take her to the vet or try to wait it out a little longer to see if it is just stress? Could it be a bacterial infection? I would appreciative any advice. Thank you.






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    Can you measure the exact temps? What are you measuring it with? How often are you feeding? What are you using for supplements, and how often? What is the substrate? How often are you handling her?
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    Ditto on above!
    Give a complete run down of everything on your setup, right down to the brand names

    Picture of enclosure would be ideal!
    Big difference between 85-90 for basking temps!
    How are you heating?
    Take a fecal sample to the vet, my vet only charges $19 for a fecal, and medication for parasite is usually less than that!
    Do you keep water in a dish for drinking
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    The temps are - on the hot side - 90 during the day and 85 at night, on the cool side- 80 for day and 70 night. I have two thermometers, one on each side, with probes to touch the floor. The hot side is controlled with a Under Tank Heater and a thermostat and the cool side is with room temp. We also have non uvb day and night lamps to help grace distinguish time. We are feeding her nightly because she is still young. We dust with calcium Mon. Through Fri. And a multi vitamin on weekends. We are using a reptile carpet for substrate. Since we got her on the first of January the one and only time we handled her was to clean her cage on the sixth. She was very upset, but when I cleaned I mean I took out everything and replaced the reptile carpet before putting it all back.
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    I do keep a dish of fresh bottled water in the tank at all times changed nightly. I also keep a small dish of calcium available at all times. As for brand names most of everything is made by Zilla, the lamps,the reptile carpet, the screen cover, tank. The two hides, one on each side, a rock to climb on and some fake plants were all on a desert decor kit we picked up at petsmart.

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    Since you daytime basking temps are at 90, which is great, I would bring in a fresh fecal sample to the vet to rule out parasites since there is mucus. Better to be safe than sorry it's always a good idea to do with a new reptile anyway.

    I would also suggest a moist hide, they are easy and cheap to make! Using a plastic margarine tub with a lid, cut a hole in the side for an entrance and line the inside with moist paper towel which can be switched out daily.
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    Re: Advice Please.

    Quote Originally Posted by jtlewis View Post
    I am in need of some advice. My leopard gecko, grace, has been having irregularity problems. At first I thought it was stress but I'm not so sure anymore. I've been cleaning her poop out daily and the last two were not normal (hard and formed) and not runny. It was a white ball but was almost a mucus (sp?) thickness to it. Grace has also been not so interested in eating. She will let the crickets walk right up to her and she does not even try to catch them. She is eating but barely one cricket a night. The temps have not changed in her 10 gal. tank. Its still 85 - 90 on the hot side and 70 - 80 on the cool. We think she is 7 weeks old now. Should I take her to the vet or try to wait it out a little longer to see if it is just stress? Could it be a bacterial infection? I would appreciative any advice. Thank you.
    Hi,

    One of the biggest problems people run into is heating in a 10 gallon. Most geckos in 10 gallons will eventually become stressed and start glass climbing. I suggest to upgrade to a at least a 20gallon. Overhead bulbs can dry out the humidity and the gecko can become dehydrated. Especially if you did not have a humidity hide which aids in hydration besides shedding purposes. Dehydration can cause appetite loss; without sufficient water the body cannot digest properly. Could it be undigested shed you were looking at since you mentioned white? I would also increase only the floor temp on the warm side to 90-95. Some need it warmer than others, so it's best to have for example: under 1 hide 90, other hide 94. This will provide her with the option to chose what temps she prefers. A larger hide is better, small hides tend to trap in too much heat. The more options, the better and so space is important.

    There is always a chance of bacterial infection especially if you notice a stronger odor (sometimes fishy like).

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    Sorry, my phone is having problems with photos, so I can't post any pics yet. We use sphagum moss in her cool hide and I mist it every other day with warm bottled water. And I talked to our vet this morning and he said Saturday if grace is still having problems he can do just a fecal exam for $15. The humidity in the tank has been an issue but I think its too moist. It's been staying around 45 to 50%. Our hygrometer is an anolog Zilla. It's mounted halfway up the back of the tank in the center.

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    Sphagum moss may pose an impaction risk, plus you should place the humid/moist hide on the hot side so they will want to go in it and not be too cold.
    Analog dial can be fairly inaccurate!
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    Thank you. I will move her favorite hide to the hot side and look into a digital hygrometer. I'm also looking into a bigger tank, and I did adjust the temps a little warmer. Thank you for all your advice.

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