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What To Look For In Gecko!

Discussion in 'Leopard Geckos' started by GoldenGoat, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. GoldenGoat

    GoldenGoat Member

    Hey all, picking up my first leopard gecko for my boyfriend's birthday in a week or so!
    I have his/her enclosure all set up with heating already going.

    I'm going to a local breeder, and i wanted some tips on what to look for when i pick one out! What's good health indications? What should i try to avoid? Any specific questions i should ask the breeder?

    Thanks everyone, will update with a picture of the birthday boy and the new guy in February!
  2. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Fat tail, alert, check the cloaca for anything abnormal.
  3. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    Check the scales, make sure none of them look shriveled or discolored, make sure you can't see tiny bugs crawling around on the gecko. Check the fingers and toes, do they have stuck shed? Are any digits missing?
    He should be strong and active. If he seems weak and is closing his eyes from fear I would pass it up.
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Eyes clean and clear. Body robust and fat tailed for older ones. Babies will normally have a thin tail. Make sure vent is clean with no signs of diarrea. Animal should be alert and active. Limbs and toes should not be misshapen.

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