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12-09-2008, 12:54 PM #1
Help your Gecko Shed and Bond
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Anyhow...back to my main reason for posting...I'm seeing many questions about shedding, problems, how to help, etc. So maybe this will help you with yours.
My newest Gecko of course isn't yet used to being handled. But last night we was almost pure white. So i knew it was shed time. He has the moss which is kept damp of course, so here is what i do.
Daily I hold all my geckos for at least 5-10 minutes, when i first pick one up i have a small spray bottle and I spray first their head untill I see them lick water off their head (or my fingers) then I pretty much soak down their body with misting (gentle sprays..they get used to it after a day or two)
My next step is I have an 8x magnifying glass...I check them out quickly everyday just to 1. get to know them better 2. look for anything that might not be good (mites, wounds, etc)
then...just let em hang out on you before going to the next one.
As for the little guy that needed to shed. welp after getting him nice and moist i could see it was loose, so i just rubbed him gently nose to tail with my finger (they get used to this if you do it often enough) then back with the mag glass i found where the shed was breaking open near a leg, so i gently stroked that area untill it started coming away....once i got good pieces i could hang onto i just held them in place and let him do the moving..(if it's hurting he'll know and stop is how i figured it)
So a few minutes later he's all done, i had to gently help with 1 toe, but other than that...the little guy almost immeadiately changed his tune and now is easy to pick up, and doesn't freak when i touch him. Looks like it's a good bonding opportunity for some of them.
12-09-2008, 04:50 PM #2
I love the bonding process! It's great you spend so much time with them all. I have one of those plastic baby swimming pools that I set up with branches/sticks/leaves/grass/all shape rocks (everything is baked to remove anything yucky). Once a week I put all the females in to just get to see eachother and chit chat. As they are being socialble I mist them with warm aloe vera from above like a nice rain. If any of them are in the process of shedding it helps them within mins. I have been using it for years, even on my bird, it's called Georges Aloe spray and it is completely safe, infact they love to lick it off of one another. But just to let you know...it does change the color of their poop (when they lick it) to a darker color so be aware so you don't panick. Thanks for sharing!
Kathy and the Gang
01-02-2011, 10:16 AM #3
What happens when it's far too late to get the unshed skin from off of their toes? It's hard and they aren't able to get it off themselves either...I have a gecko that was given to me this way, she even laid an egg. I'm still expecting another egg but I doubt that it will be anytime soon. My issue is the "unshed skin".
01-02-2011, 08:42 PM #4
I'm new to them also i bought a leopard gecko about 3 weeks ago im having trouble getting him/her to eat but its still fun to hold him/her I also hope that i will be able to get another Gecko next week!!!
01-03-2011, 05:20 PM #5
01-04-2011, 03:04 AM #6
Leopard geckos and moisture
Blister Disease" and - if it persists - even pneumonia.
Originally Posted by [URL=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopard_gecko#Diseases]Wikipedia[/URL]
So I regret to say that there is absolutely no reason why your leopard gecko needs to come into contact with water at all. If you want to help it shed on a regular basis, then increase the temperature in its enclosure and remember to mist its humid hide daily so that the water in it can evaporate. Only expose your leopard gecko to liquid water when it is absolutely necessary, such as when your leopard gecko has an on-going problem with shedding its skin.2.0.0 Leopard geckos (sp. Eublepharis macularius) - "Bahamut" & "Jubjub"
1.0.0 White-lined gecko (sp. Gekko vittatus) - "Pepé"
1.0.1 Fan-toed geckos (sp. Ptyodactylus guttatus) - "Petri" & ???
0.1.0 Fire skink (sp. Riopa fernandii) - "Abuto"
1.0.0 Green basilisk (sp. Basiliscus plumifrons) - "Quetzal"
01-04-2011, 04:03 PM #7
I agree with the person above.
are you saying that you got all of those different reptiles in 2 weeks? or just your first gecko? also i don't really think it's necessary to help reptiles with shedding, I have not had to help my gecko once with shedding (except with a few toes), as long as you provide a moist hide for them they should be fine, usually i'm not even home when My leo sheds, she does it while i'm at school and I barely even notice she has shedded, except for when i notice that she's pale before and that there are tiny pieces of skin left behind afterwards.
A good way to bond with your gecko is just to feed by hand, I feed my leopard gecko waxworms by hand (for treats ONLY) and now if i put my hand in her cage she will gladly run up onto my hand and i'll lay down on my bed and i'll let her just run around for bit, and she's only 9 months old completely hand tamed her in less than 3 monthsI Like Turtles.
0.1.0 Leopard Gecko, Athena (High Yellow)
1.1.0 Black Cats: Shadow, Brandon
0.0.3 Molly Fish: Fish 1, 2, 3.
0.1.0 Black Lab: Kiara
1.0.0 Crested Gecko, Luca (Flame/Harlequin)
In The Future: Panther/Pictus Gecko
01-04-2011, 07:37 PM #8
The only time i ever get my leo wet is a will give him a warm bath just for his toes when there is shed stuck on them ( only like 1/2 inch of water)... although one of the Leos at a pet store (not a crappy chain petstore, a good one) loved to fall asleep in him water dish. it was funny to see him with his eyes closed and his head on the side of the dish!
01-06-2011, 02:54 PM #9
I don't mist my geckos unless if they have stuck shed on their toes, and even then I only spray their toes. I've always been weary if spraying them due to URI.Allee Toler Cepeda
01-19-2011, 08:38 PM #10
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