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    Exclamation Male Juvenile Fat Tail With Swelling on Head + neck- is it normal??


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    So I have a just over 6 month old Male fat tailed gecko, just weighed him today- he's 40 grams and pushing 7.5 inches long now...

    Yesterday, I noticed the right side of his head and neck was a tad larger than the left, but I could not see any puncture wounds, he didn't mind me touching it, and he ate + pooped normally.

    Today, I had a good look at him- still no puncture holes or any signs of infection, still totally chill with me touching it, even sat still and let me give it a gentle massage for a good 5 mins to see if I could feel anything, like if a bit of foods got stuck and is causing problems inside his mouth... nothing, but I also noticed the swelling's gotten bigger down his neck.

    Now, I admit- I have been giving him waxworms, he's had 3 in around 2 weeks, and he has put on quite a bit of weight since his appetite spiked big time these last couple weeks... so I'm hoping its just fat, and I also know, males have fatter heads than the females, but is it normal for it to happen one side at a time like this???

    In himself, he seems normal. He's a chill, lazy gecko who just likes to come out, curl up on me and sleep for a couple hours, he can move very fast when he has to, eating his 5 crickets no problem, and digesting normally, so is it safe to assume this isn't a "rush to the vets" situation?

    He's my first gecko and I love him to pieces so I am rather worried. I will try to update this with photo's asap <3 but I require help doing so since the only camera I have is my phone and I will not touch that then touch him as phones harbour more germs and faeces particles than your toilet

    Thanks x

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    I may be able to tell more when you get a picture. I have been using the phone to take pictures of my hatchlings for years with no problem, but to each his/her own.

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    They're not the best photo's so I apologise; I've never gotten so close to him with my phone before and it spooked him a bit and he kept bolting The side pic, its the wrong side, but it shows the swelling and everytime I tried to go to the other side, he did a runner x_X

    I'm glad to say- it has gone down from yesterday and his head looks a bit more even again, but it is still noticeable and I don't like that its gone down his neck.

    He's still eating though, saw him munching his mealworms quite happily about an hour or so ago, so its not affecting his appetite.

    As for the phone; I've seen too many videos in health class showing the types of bacteria your phone most likely carries and I just won't risk it without help; I held the phone, step dad caught when he ran. Sinbad nearly died when he first hatched due to how small he was, he reached average/normal hatchling size at 3 months old, so I am perhaps more protective than I need to be? ^^;

    I still see a fragile baby, when in reality... he's probably going to be a decent sized male.

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    It's still hard to make out too much, though thanks for trying the picture. Sometimes a gecko can get an abscess; I don't know if that's it. If you can manage a reptile vet visit, it wouldn't hurt.

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    Had a feeling they would be :C

    I booked him in yesterday *Saturday* for Tuesday, hoped for Monday but only one exotics vet.

    He was just not right, he's always been very, very, very reclusive, but he's never gone a full day without me seeing him move huts at least once... around 9pm he's usually waiting for me in his humid hide for food...

    So, had a check, woke him up, offered him some crickets no interest, mealworms, nope... the only thing I could get him to take, was a small waxworm. He has a very chunky tail, so I know he won't starve from missing one meal, but very off for him.

    He also didn't like me touching it when I scooped him out; moment I touched the swelling, there was like a squelching feel?? I don't know how to describe it, but he's still feisty and his eyes are nice and bright, plus he is going into shed and he gets notoriously grouchy during it.

    Going to keep a very close eye on him today and tomorrow and should he start to get worse, his next stop will be the 24 hour emergency clinic :C

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    Keep us posted.

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    Can finally give an official update! So I took her *had *him* sexed, I have a girl x)* on the Tuesday Feb 13th, and was told to watch and wait, since it could've been a fat deposit or an abscess that had yet to go nasty, so she was put on a diet, and it did decrease in size after a couple of weeks.

    So it was just a fat deposit :') But always best to be safe than sorry!

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