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RE: Day Gecko Died- Trying to figure it

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Posted by: jadrig at Tue Aug 5 12:54:22 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jadrig ]  
   

i had a few different day geckos/ leaf tail geckos (adults) that died in a similar fashion. But there cases were definitely due to calcium deficiency. Although healthy, as far as a lot of meat on the bones, their bones turned to jelly and their other organ systems started to shut down. I also had a female Henkels leaftail that was "too" healthy, layed a lot of eggs, and got burnt out due to some sort of egg/ cricket ovipositor blockage. It s usually tougher to diagnose females, especially females that do not have a mate. My female breeder gold dust is wild caught and had extremely large calcium sacs. After i separated her from the male they got huge (i ll try to snap a few shots of her when i get a chance). I dont think the excess calcium would be detrimental to their health because they have an efficient storage system set up. The reason why they absorb calcium so efficiently is because of the rate that this species produces eggs. My female was producing two eggs every two weeks for over a year. She stopped for around a month. i had to separate her from the male. i was keeping tract of the amount of food i fed her and the amount of eggs she was producing and it was insane to see how efficient these animals are. i tried to slow her reproduction down by decreasing her food and it did not work.


   

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