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08-29-2011, 12:48 PM #1
Male Leopard Gecko Hemipenal Bulges Problem
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Last edited by Mike Markov; 01-18-2014 at 04:12 PM.
08-29-2011, 03:01 PM #2
08-29-2011, 05:52 PM #3
Really? Do you know what the swelling is caused by and stuff?
08-29-2011, 06:17 PM #4
Looks to be an infection of some sort. I wouldn't let it go too much longer. Infections can be serious. It's red and swollen and needs to be looked at by a qualified vet. I don't have any guesses as to what may have caused it. Can you give us specifics on how he's housed and how he has been acting. Does he have a tank-mate that could have bit him possibly. Right now all I can recommend is that you do some warm water soaks for about 20 mins or so to help the swelling. I hope it goes well. Keep us updated.
Last edited by Yoshi'smom; 08-29-2011 at 06:19 PM.
08-30-2011, 07:08 AM #5
I would bump up those hot side temps to close to 90F. Do you have and under tank heater? If so, the temp on top of that should read 93-95F. Do you know for sure that he wasn't bitten by the female? You were watching the whole time?
08-30-2011, 10:27 AM #6
Ok I will do that, and yes I have a exo-terra desert UTH. I dont know why its no going up to 90F. And yes, I'm sure he was not bitten by the female. Another note is that this started to happen as soon as I got back from a vacation and a friend did not put a humid hide in the tank when he was shedding. The caused some shed to get stuck in his vent, and also get stuck on the hole on this bulge. Also when I was gone my friend told me he did not handle the geckos.
08-30-2011, 03:16 PM #7
Yeah, a stuck shed would cause and infection like that. I can't recommend anything other than to bring him to the vet so he can get prescribed some antibiotics.
08-30-2011, 05:38 PM #8
Ok, and one last question, this would not go away on its own? Because right now he is acting normally and has been for the past few weeks with this going on.
08-30-2011, 06:05 PM #9
If it's an infection, it's not likely to just go away on its own.Ethan
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08-30-2011, 07:58 PM #10
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My boy actually has a scratch on his eye that I left untreated for two weeks thinking it would just go away on it's own (he was acting, eating, and pooing normally). Thank god it wasn't infected or I would have been an irresponsible owner. I got him to the vet and he's on pain medication and eye drops to heal the scratch. I'm glad I took him in to get the care he needed.
What I'm saying is that they can be in discomfort and not show it too much. But you say that he really tries to get away from you when you go to look at the vent area, right? I would consider that a good amount of discomfort.
It's not too expensive to take in a reptile to the vet. My whole trip and medications only cost $83. I know that's a bit but I feel like it was worth the animal's health and well being.
Good luck. Let us know how things go.