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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Please turn off the heat lamp. What temps do you get then?
    1. Can you see eggs in her belly?
    2. How often do you use powdered supplements?
    3. Which exact brand and name? I see Rep Cal's calcium with D3 in the background.
    4. IF this continues, you could lose her.

    Please ask your vet about an oxytoxin injection. Sometimes that helps females lay eggs when they're egg-bound.

    Most heat should come from belly heat. Overhead heat usually just tweaks the heat. Both the heat mat and overhead heat require separate thermostats.

    For a 20 long I recommend an Ultratherm 11 x 17 inch heat mat with a thermostat. Reptile Basics sells 11 x 17s for $22. When the heat is all askew, health conditions follow. A proper heat source + a thermostat are considerably cheaper than vet visits.

    Sorry for just now responding.

    I can’t make out anything discernible in her belly.

    She has constant access to Rep-Cal calcium with vitamin D3, and she eats crickets dusted every other feeding with a combination of the calcium and Rep-Cal Herptivite.

    The veterinarian could not see any eggs in her X-rays, so he did not give her an injection.

    I have turned off her overhead heat lamp for the time being.

    I need to get her a permanent thermostat; I’ve been using an infrared thermometer. She has a good under tank heat pad.


    Thanks for the suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodidlian View Post
    Sorry for just now responding.

    I can’t make out anything discernible in her belly.

    She has constant access to Rep-Cal calcium with vitamin D3, and she eats crickets dusted every other feeding with a combination of the calcium and Rep-Cal Herptivite.

    The veterinarian could not see any eggs in her X-rays, so he did not give her an injection.

    I have turned off her overhead heat lamp for the time being.

    I need to get her a permanent thermostat; I’ve been using an infrared thermometer. She has a good under tank heat pad.


    Thanks for the suggestions!
    You're welcome. Please remove the calcium with D3 dish from her enclosure.

    Hopefully you can get a thermostat soon. For a heat mat + overhead heat you'll need 2 separate thermostats.

    Rep-Cal's Calcium with D3 has the highest D3 concentration of those products on the market! Then, in addition, Herptivite was mixed with calcium with D3.

    Since vitamin D3 is fat soluble, a single dose of D3 helps metabolize plain calcium all week long.
    1. How many times per week would she get this mixture of Herptivite + Calcium with D3?
    2. How often did she lick the calcium with D3 from the dish?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    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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    She gets fed three crickets usually twice or three times a week, depending on how hungry she is. I dust the crickets every other feeding. She hasn’t eaten for the last several weeks, though. I even bought wax worms to tempt her to eat something, but she is not interested. She is so skinny. I am worried about that.

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    Also, she licks her calcium dish sporadically, so I don’t know exactly how much she gets from that. I have only seen her lick it a few times.

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    Update:
    The doctor is worried that she might become egg-bound. He took more X-rays, and he can see an egg calcifying. Since she has never laid before, we just don’t know how she will do with laying. Praying for the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodidlian View Post
    She gets fed three crickets usually twice or three times a week, depending on how hungry she is. I dust the crickets every other feeding. She hasnít eaten for the last several weeks, though. I even bought wax worms to tempt her to eat something, but she is not interested. She is so skinny. I am worried about that.
    Have you tried hornworms? Most leos can't refuse. PetCo sells hornworms in 4 packs. Check PetSmart too. Get the smallest hornworms. Let them grow to 1.5 inches before tempting your leo.

    For link 33 click: Hornworm Care Guidelines
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodidlian View Post
    Also, she licks her calcium dish sporadically, so I don’t know exactly how much she gets from that. I have only seen her lick it a few times.
    What about switching to Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 instead of Rep-Cal's Calcium with D3? Rep-Cal's Calcium with D3 is waaaaay overbalanced with D3.

    ZM's Repti Calcium with D3 contains enough D3 when used weekly.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodidlian View Post
    Update:
    The doctor is worried that she might become egg-bound. He took more X-rays, and he can see an egg calcifying. Since she has never laid before, we just don’t know how she will do with laying. Praying for the best.
    Does she have a 20 long: 30 x 12 x 12 inches high? It's vital to get her heat source squared away!

    The best thing you can do for female Benjamin is to upgrade her belly heat. Then be sure that both her warm dry hide and her warm humid hide (lay box) sit right on top of the Ultratherm.

    Please purchase an 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm heat mat + a thermostat from Reptile Basics. As far as I know Reptile Basics charges $22 for that Ultratherm. Don't settle for Zoo Med heat mats at all!

    ***** Ultratherms ***** (high quality) are reusable. Snugly attach the heat mat underneath a glass enclosure with double-sided heat safe tape (or tape rolls) down the center and with electrically safe Nashua tape around the edges. When you purchase supplies directly from Amazon, you'll be able to return even electrical products if they do not meet your gecko's needs. Amazon Prime also provides free return shipping. Reptile Basics (336-308-5767) ----> 11 x 11 Ultratherms = $20, 11 x 17 Ultratherms = $22. The Bean Farm (877-708-5882) sells Ultratherm UTHs in 11 different sizes.

    Using Styrofoam Insulation Underneath an Ultratherm Heat Mat . . . . . . Keith -- April 2018
    "I suggest that an Ultratherm UTH is a must. The Ultratherm needs (styro)foam insulation under it, directing the heat upward and into the enclosure. From what I understand, other brands call for air under the UTH, which just allows heat to be lost! The fact that the Ultratherms should have foam insulation under them rather than air also says volumes about their safety. I only know this because I’m still setting up my Vivarium as well."
    "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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    Thanks for the advice, Elizabeth. My account is all but drained at the moment, but I will check out that undertank heat mat and calcium that you recommended. Benjamin is going back to the doctor on Tuesday, so we will see how things are progressing.
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    Also, she is in a 20 gallon long tank with her undertank heater on one side.
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