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    My young mediterranean gecko (I think it's like 3 months old or so?) recently shed but had a really difficult time with it because I think it got too dry. Most of the dead skin is off now, but he seems to not be able to walk now and sits in a really weird kind of twisted up position. He moves his head to look around very rarely, but most of the time he's just literally sitting and not moving at all. He hasn't eaten in like 5 days, and I'm getting scared.

    I can't afford to take him to a vet, but if anyone can offer some diy advice I would be grateful.

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    Just now I checked on him and he was flipped over on his back. I've helped him back onto his belly, but he still isn't moving. If I couldn't see him breathing I'd think he was dead.

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    Hi ~

    I'm very sorry that your young Mediterranean gecko is doing poorly. How is your gecko now?

    Before 5 days ago and this difficult shed had he been eating and acting normally?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Yes, he was climbing around and hunting his food like normal. The day before Christmas I fed him a few more crickets than normal, since I figured he's getting bigger and may need more now. He ate all of them and was looking pretty fat, and I took him out of his cage for a little while that evening to show him off to some friends. The next time I tried feeding him I guessed maybe he wasn't eating because he was still full from the couple of days before, but then I noticed him start to shed and thought oh yeah that's normal. But the next day after that was when I started to really worry.

    Since writing this post last night, I notice he's moved to a different part of his cage, but he still keeps falling over and still hasn't eaten the cricket I left for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcissus View Post
    Yes, he was climbing around and hunting his food like normal. The day before Christmas I fed him a few more crickets than normal, since I figured he's getting bigger and may need more now. He ate all of them and was looking pretty fat, and I took him out of his cage for a little while that evening to show him off to some friends. The next time I tried feeding him I guessed maybe he wasn't eating because he was still full from the couple of days before, but then I noticed him start to shed and thought oh yeah that's normal. But the next day after that was when I started to really worry.

    Since writing this post last night, I notice he's moved to a different part of his cage, but he still keeps falling over and still hasn't eaten the cricket I left for him.
    A Hemidactylus turcicus? It would be helpful if somebody who's kept these could chime in.

    How have you been supplementing him? Please list brand, exact name, and frequency.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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    I just feed him crickets from PetSmart. They come in boxes with little green food cubes and you can tell when they've eaten because it turns them green, but I haven't looked into what the green stuff actually is. I feed him a couple of crickets every other day, and if he doesn't eat them that day I try again the next day.
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    finally, some good news!
    Today he is moving around a lot more (still can't walk without falling over, but he seems much more lively than before) and attempted to eat a cricket! The cricket did escape from his mouth, but I'm watching to see if he'll try again. I've temporarily got him sitting in this small container so I can keep a closer eye on him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcissus View Post
    I just feed him crickets from PetSmart. They come in boxes with little green food cubes and you can tell when they've eaten because it turns them green, but I haven't looked into what the green stuff actually is. I feed him a couple of crickets every other day, and if he doesn't eat them that day I try again the next day.
    Quote Originally Posted by Narcissus View Post
    finally, some good news!
    Today he is moving around a lot more (still can't walk without falling over, but he seems much more lively than before) and attempted to eat a cricket! The cricket did escape from his mouth, but I'm watching to see if he'll try again. I've temporarily got him sitting in this small container so I can keep a closer eye on him.
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    Your gecko may be having a calcium crash! That could cause seizures and, perhaps, imbalance. Without treatment with supplements, the seizures WILL return.

    Most geckos require powdered supplements lightly dusted on their prey a regular basis like calcium with D3, plain calcium, and multivitamins.

    Please buy Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 today! Make a paste of Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 + water. See whether he'll lick some off your finger!

    Please purchase these other Zoo Med supplements ASAP!


    1. Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
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    3. Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins withOUT D3


    Sometimes Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins withOUT D3 are hard to find. The Reptile Supply Co based in Lodi California carries them and offers good prices. Be sure to check expiration dates when you receive them.

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    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-31-2020 at 05:54 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    �� I knew it was better to put calcium on their food, but I never realized it could cause seizures if they didn't have it. Thanks for the info! I will go get some as soon as the pet store opens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcissus View Post
    �� I knew it was better to put calcium on their food, but I never realized it could cause seizures if they didn't have it. Thanks for the info! I will go get some as soon as the pet store opens!
    You're welcome.

    What your gecko needs immediately is calcium WITH D3!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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