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    why would a leo eat its own tail? It fell off and when it grew back a
    part of it was insensitive so she ate ot off and now she wont stop
    eating her own tail. this is not my leo but my friend is desperate.
    even the vet dont know why she does it.
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    I've never heard of something like that before either. I'm stumped...
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    I was hoping with all the breeders in here that somebody might know
    whats going on. this might be a good question for the contest.
    Elizabeth

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    It might be. But cant answer a question that you dont know the answer to lol
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    I have only had 2 geckos for about 2 months now so im not speaking from gecko exp.

    But I had sugargliders and I know that they tend to do things like this.

    Basically imagine if you didnt have hands to scratch with, and could only use your mouth because its the only thing you could reach with.

    Sugargliders(i think dogs do this too), once injured will continue to reinjure themselves by chewing the injured site, unless you can make it impossible for them to get to the wound(like with those big cone things that go around their necks). If theres an infection, pain, discomfort, or any kind of itch then they start to chew.

    One of my gliders had a problem with a gland and chewed himself to the bone because of it.

    I would imagine this could happen with any animal.

    what do you guys think?
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    That might be it, what else could it be but itching or uncomfortable.
    oh thank you so much ill bet thats it. you were so much help.
    now if we can stop her from chewing.
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    make her a mini neck cone thing! ...ha
    cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -becca-
    make her a mini neck cone thing! ...ha
    You can't do that with geckos.
    To stressfull and everything..
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    I told him to wrap her tail up with some guaze and neosporin.
    To keep her on paper towels and keep them clean. hopefully
    she wont chew off the guaze. is that dangerous?
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    It's best to leave it open (no gauze), but you can use a small amount of neosporin -- the type with pain relief -- as long as there is no infection present. Unfortunately, tail drops can lead to a secondary infection of the rest of the tail (basically gangrene) but is easily remedied. Geckos will chew their tail in order to stimulate another drop. You can do this for the gecko by using a dull knife and pressing hard (NOT CUTTING), several caudal ridges above the end. However, this does take some experience and is very stressful. Is the area black? shriveled in any way? The enclosure should remain dry (i.e. remove the humid hide/nest box) and CLEAN, also keep in mind that the gecko needs additional nutritional support while going through the regeneration process.

    A picture would help.

    Sarah.

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