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    Unhappy help...crested gecko breathing too fast????


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    Ive never had a reptile and
    I just got my 1st crested gecko on saturday...
    and I have noticed that its breathing very fast..
    I dont know if I should be worried or if its natural
    >_<

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    its not normal at all what sounds like is happening is labored breathing, your gecko probaly has a respitory disease, what is suggested to do by some care sheets is try to warm up your tank because this is usally caused by cold temputures, regular temps for cresties is 70 to 85
    hope this helps good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko attack! View Post
    its not normal at all what sounds like is happening is labored breathing, your gecko probaly has a respitory disease, what is suggested to do by some care sheets is try to warm up your tank because this is usally caused by cold temputures, regular temps for cresties is 70 to 85
    hope this helps good luck
    oh man I hope that not it....
    I looked up videos on youtube
    and my crested geckos breathing is like this
    YouTube - Crested Gecko Baby

    So it might be normal?

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    if you typed in normal breathing crested gecko than thats prabaly normal, its hard to tell sometimes especially for begginers, i hade the same scare with my first leopard gecko

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    yeah, hopefully it is normal
    and I was really worried! but i feel a bit better! haha
    Its not fun being new to this haha

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    Yes, that is very normal.

    What you see in the video is buccal pumping, which amphibians and some reptiles like geckos use to circulate the air in their bodies.

    Buccal pumping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Labored breathing can be seen when the chest of the gecko moves in and out, they are taking large amounts of air due to stress or illness. It is common to see that when handling a skittish gecko.

    You may not see the gecko breathe as often as mammals. Most reptiles have short periods of apnea (not breathing) as they have different lung structures than mammals. They can take in a lot of volume, but the lung surface isn't as full of capillaries. Combined with their lower metabolism, their respiratory system doesn't have a high oxygen requirement and levels can drop pretty low before breathing is triggered. Mammals breathe more often and more regularly compared to reptiles, who can take in a few big gulps of air when they need it or when stressed and not take another breath for awhile.
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    I have the same problem as well, my gecko hasnt always breathed this fast. It isnt cold in its tank. I'm also new at reptiles and it's really scaring me. I ventilated the tank. My crestie isnt a skittish gecko and I cannot afford a vet trip. Any ideas on what could be wrong with my gecko. He is a baby about 6 months old.

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