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    Exclamation Just found my lost gecko—help!


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    So the craziest thing happened to me today. I have two leopard geckos, and one escaped from their tank last August. I searched for him for MONTHS, only to come to terms with the fact he was dead. He was living in my mom’s finished basement when this happened, and it doesn’t run heat like the rest of the house. By the time the cold NY weather came, I thought he was most definitely gone.

    Today I get to my mom’s this weekend for Mother’s Day and only minutes before I arrive, my gecko comes out while my mom was in the room. We are both SHOCKED. It’s a miracle he’s alive. He’s slow, definitely dehydrated, but he’s alive.

    What do I do now? My other lizard is at my apartment and hasn’t seen her partner for nine months. Can I put them together again? Can I feed him normally again? Is there a special diet I can put him on? Right now he’s in the tank with the heating mat on, but the UV lamps and all my other stuff is in my apartment with the other gecko. We don’t have a herp vet near here and I don’t know anywhere open on the weekends.
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited! What a happy Mothers' Day surprise for both of you!

    Slowly rehydrate this leo for several days, before feeding him at all. Rehydration first prevents/lessens potential damage to his organs from not eating for so long. Make sure he has fresh water available 24/7 for several days and is drinking, before you feed him at all.

    When will you be returning home?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> 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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    We’ll be going back to my apartment on Monday. My other Leo is at that apartment, currently being watched by a neighbor. I assume I can’t put them in the same tank anymore, so I’ll need to get another tank for him. Thankfully I’m closer to an animal hospital so I can take him to the vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy005 View Post
    We’ll be going back to my apartment on Monday. My other Leo is at that apartment, currently being watched by a neighbor. I assume I can’t put them in the same tank anymore, so I’ll need to get another tank for him. Thankfully I’m closer to an animal hospital so I can take him to the vet.
    I recommend getting a 20 long minimum for this leo. That's 30 x 12 x 12 inches tall.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    ===> 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 found a gecko that had escaped as a hatchling 2 years later! You're right, the gecko needs to be by itself for at least a few months. As long as it starts to drink and then eats eventually, I don't think you need to take it to a vet.

    Aliza
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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I found a gecko that had escaped as a hatchling 2 years later! You're right, the gecko needs to be by itself for at least a few months. As long as it starts to drink and then eats eventually, I don't think you need to take it to a vet.

    Aliza
    Wow! what was its condition? i wonder what it was eating?
    Geopard Leckos Leopard Geckos, say that 10 times fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geopard Lecko View Post
    Wow! what was its condition? i wonder what it was eating?
    There are a lot of crickets and spiders loose in my house. She was quite plump when I found her.

    Aliza

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    There are a lot of crickets and spiders loose in my house. She was quite plump when I found her.

    Aliza
    LMAO! Nice!
    Geopard Leckos Leopard Geckos, say that 10 times fast!

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    I lost my leo once under the frige for 2 days and had to get him out with a worm on a string.
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