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RE: HELP ME SAVE THE ADMIRAL PLEASE!

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Posted by: thespunkygecko at Wed Jan 16 21:37:36 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by thespunkygecko ]  
   

If there is skin constricted around his toe and he has lost a piece, it will not grow back. They can live/eat just fine missing a portion of thier toes. Do you have a moist hide box in his enclosure? The shedding problems could be due to a lack of humidity. You can make your own hide box by using a small-medium sized tupperware container: cut a hole in the top and fill it with moist eco-earth (can be found at a number of pet stores etc.). There are other things that you can use as a substrate, I prefer the eco-earth as it maintains the moisture longer than other mediums.

As for opening it's eyes I am not sure. He could be just tired, not wanting to or there may be an underlying reason-infection etc.

Leopard Geckos do need a warmer temperature as well. I keep my enclosures between 85F and 90F. If you don't have a UTH (undertank heater) I highly recommend that you get one and a Rheostat to control the output. These both can be found at your local pet store or any of the reptile supply companies on-line.

How much are you feeding your gecko? Do you have a calcium dish in it's enclosure? Leopards eat every 2-3 days, my adults get 10 small calcium dusted mealworms. The good thing about geckos is that they can go for quite some time without eating as long as they are healthy. I have even heard of some going a couple of months before taking a meal again. If you don't have a powdered calcium dish I would also pick that up at the pet store as well. In the wild leopards get calcium from their environment where as in captivity they don't have that ability. If not supplied with enough calcium they could get MBD (metabolic bone disease).

If your gecko has recently shed it would explain the darker coloration. Geckos are at their brightest and darkest coloration right after a shed. My SHTCT was very bright orange with I purchased her and now she is a very deep, dark orange. It happens naturally.

Finally, If you are uncomfortable with the way your gecko looks or is acting, the only thing for you to do is to contact a Herp vet and have him looked at. All the advice in the world won't be able to diagnose an illness that is internal.

Good Luck and Best Wishes for the Admiral
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