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    I was just given two leopard geckos from a friend who was just going to give them away. Both are large and are 1 and 2 years old. The eldest has "armpit bubbles" (assuming they're calcium deposits). We just moved them a few hours to my house and changed their terrarium to a more natural substrate. They have both eaten since we have had them but they don't seem as interested in food as others are, is this normal after this much change to their environment? Also to deal with the deposits, should I feed them separately and cut back on the amount of calcium in her food until they go down or just ignore them and continue to feed both the regular amount of calcium.

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    Hi Kay ~

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    Please share photos of both leos showing their "calcium" bubbles. Those bubbles may be something else. Can you also share separate videos of each leo walking around?

    Please share the supplements you have for them with the exact brand, name, and frequency you plan to use those supplements. Check the expiration dates.

    Here's an abbreviated Leo Care Sheet to get you started:
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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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    Only one has the bubbles, we are feeding calcium with D3 right now from repticalciun but will be switching to the calcium + vitamins from repashy when it comes in the mail, we have not left any in the tank whatsoever. Not sure what the last owner had been doing. We have dusted half of her food with it and fed them separately so the one without bubbles is getting everything dusted. they get fed three times a week and get between 4 and 6 mealworms or 3 to 4 crickets each. I do know it is possible for them to become “addicted” to calcium. She doesn’t seem to concerned by them and still climbs and is handled without issue. I will post pictures when I get back to my house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayhannan View Post
    Only one has the bubbles, we are feeding calcium with D3 right now from repticalciun but will be switching to the calcium + vitamins from repashy when it comes in the mail, we have not left any in the tank whatsoever. Not sure what the last owner had been doing. We have dusted half of her food with it and fed them separately so the one without bubbles is getting everything dusted. they get fed three times a week and get between 4 and 6 mealworms or 3 to 4 crickets each. I do know it is possible for them to become “addicted” to calcium. She doesn’t seem to concerned by them and still climbs and is handled without issue. I will post pictures when I get back to my house.
    Thanks about the armpit bubbles on just the eldest. Those bubbles could also be fat bubbles.

    I don't recommend dusting with a D3 product more than 1x per week. Currently are you using Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3? D3 is fat soluble. Vitamin D3 sticks around in a leo's body for about 1 week and metabolizes plain calcium during that week.

    Please post videos so we can check their gait. I'm checking for signs of MBD. I'd appreciate being able to actually see them walking around, prior to suggesting Weekly Supplement Schedules.

    Have you ordered Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one multivitamins)? I don't recommend leaving any in the enclosure. This all-in-one multivitamin:
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    Please let us know the full length of each leo.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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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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    We won't be leaving any in the enclosure for sure. We also have the repti calcium without D3 so I can dust with that during the other feedings. Yes that is what I have ordered just waiting for it to come in. How many times per week do you recommend dusting with that? Screen Shot 2019-12-29 at 10.11.15 PM.jpg Screen Shot 2019-12-29 at 10.12.10 PM.jpg

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    What kind of substrate did your switch them from an what are you using now?
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    They were on wood chips, now they're on eco-earth. But the deposits were there for a while as per their old owner who had them on wood chips
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayhannan View Post
    We won't be leaving any in the enclosure for sure. We also have the repti calcium without D3 so I can dust with that during the other feedings. Yes that is what I have ordered just waiting for it to come in. How many times per week do you recommend dusting with that? Screen Shot 2019-12-29 at 10.11.15 PM.jpg Screen Shot 2019-12-29 at 10.12.10 PM.jpg
    A video of each leo is really necessary. That way I'll feel comfortable recommending an age-appropriate supplement schedule or adding supplementation with plain calcium carbonate if there is some MBD present.

    Please also share full body still pictures of each leo and their total lengths.

    Plain calcium carbonate NEVER expires like Zoo Med Repti Calcium withOUT D3 or the human grade calcium carbonate NOW. Other supplements do expire.

    Here's the Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins schedule that GU's acpart (Aliza Arzt) has used for all her leopard geckos ----> breeders and non-breeders. You'll need 2 different powders.

    -----> February 2019 -- "I've been using an 'every other' feeding schedule with Repashy's Calcium Plus since 2009. Adults get fed Mondays and Thursdays. They get Repashy on Thursdays.

    "I fed juveniles and hatchlings 3 times a week. (They would be getting mealworms so there would always be some in their bowls.) For juveniles I'd dust with Repashy's Calcium Plus at every other feeding. For hatchlings 0-2 months old & any slow-growing leopard geckos under ~6 grams, I would also dust every other feeding in addition to keeping plain calcium in the cage 24/7."

    Aliza

    Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins
    (withOUT UVB)
    Early stage metabolic bone disease (MBD) problems include uneven (lopsided) gait, bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite.
    1. Feeding & Supplementing HATCHLING leopard geckos - 0-2 months old & any slow-growing leopard geckos under ~6 grams ~ Feed 3x per week.
    • Feed Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
    • Dust prey with Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins at every other feeding
    • ALSO: Keep a bottle cap of plain calcium in the cage 24/7.
    • [See dusting chart below]

    2. Feeding & Supplementing JUVENILE leopard geckos ~ Feed 3x per week.
    • Feed Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
    • Dust prey with Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins at every other feeding
    • [See dusting chart below]

    3. Feeding & Supplementing ADULT leopard geckos ~ Feed 2x per week.
    • Mondays ~ feed (no dusting)
    • Thursdays ~ feed & dust prey with Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins


    \/ \/ \/


    R = Repashy's Calcium Plus, Cc = pure precipitated calcium carbonate (withOUT vitamin D3)

    Week 1 Repashy dusting (for JUVENILES & HATCHLINGS):
    M-------T-------W------Th-------F-------Sat-------Sun
    ............R..................................... ......R...................


    Week 2 Repashy dusting (for JUVENILES & HATCHLINGS):
    M-------T-------W------Th-------F-------Sat-------Sun
    ..................................R............... ...........................


    -----> For hatchlings 0-2 months old & any slow-growing leopard geckos under ~6 grams: Aliza also places a bottle cap of pure precipitated calcium carbonate (withOUT vitamin D3) in the cage 24/7.

    For link 144 click: Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamin Schedules for Leopard Geckos -- December 2019 update
    "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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