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    Default New leopard gecko regurgitating, not defecating, losing weight :(


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    Hi everyone, I'm new to this site so sorry if I mess up or anything. I recently got a young leopard gecko Zack (5-6ish months, I think male) and he seemed to be settling in good and eating great. Then a few days later I noticed that under one of the hides was two regurgitated crickets, and I realized he hadn't been pooping. I tried to give him another smaller cricket but he puked that one too and didn't poop. His tail got almost instantly skinnier, and he was already small to begin with. The cool side of the tank is about 70 degrees and I have 2 hear rocks in the warm side but my thermometer still says it's only 80 degrees so I have an actual space heater towards the direction of the tank until I can get a heat pad and possibly better thermometer. This makes it low 90s in the warm side.
    is there anything else I can do for him? so far I don't think he's thrown up yet but he also hasn't pooped the most recent cricket. Should I keep feeding him? Should I wait? How long? I'm trying not to stress him by moving stuff around in his tank too much (it's a large tank, not an aquarium but a plastic drawer about 2 feet long and 1 foot wide and 1 foot high, I've got a hide on the cool side that he never uses, 2 heat rocks, and a long tube for a hide that's place between the 2 rocks and also partially in the cool side.)
    I'm not near a pet store and really not near a reptile vet, so that isn't really a great option if maybe there's other things I can try to do for Zack? I will of course take him if nothing works or this condition doesn't improve.
    I've had geckos before, but not leos and they were always great eaters, even on the first week or so. Thank you in advanced for any advice!

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    Keep offering food. It may be an adjustment issue. If he doesn't seem to be able to keep anything down, you really will need to take him to a reptile vet. check out arav.org to see if there's any reptile vet near you.

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    thank you, I definitely will. Do you know long should I wait?

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    I would say offhand that if the gecko is regularly throwing up for a week, you should consult a vet.

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    New to geckos (don't even have one yet), but I am a vet tech and it sounds like the symptoms of an impaction or foreign body (same symptoms in mammals - like a dog that ate a toy).
    Also hot rocks should not be used with any reptile - they can overheat and cause serious burns.

    Find a vet asap - if it is an impaction or foreign body the intestines can die or rupture the longer they are blocked. If he is suffering from something else, like a parasite, infection, or other illness - waiting just makes him weaker and less able to recover.

    --sorry, just saw that this post is two months old. I'm going to leave my response though, for anyone with future similar symptoms--
    Last edited by SpottedDragon; 12-02-2018 at 09:40 AM. Reason: realized post was old

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