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    evening all ...

    I have a leopard gecko who is just over a year old. He hasn't had a poo in 20 days!!!

    He drinks regularly and eats 4 hoppers of recommended size 3 times a week. He last shed yesterday

    He is still sociable and comes to the viv door every evening looking for some attention! He comes out every night and is very happy to be held, climbs up my arms or sits on my lap watching tv!

    I'm really concerned that he hasnt had a poo in so long ..... i read online about a warm bath but he HATED it lol, so a friend who is a breeder suggested not to bathe him

    any ideas??

    thanks in advance xxxx


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    be sure to check in areas where he could be hiding to poop
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    Quote Originally Posted by nigthelizard View Post
    be sure to check in areas where he could be hiding to poop
    I should have added this in my initial post .... i have EMPTIED the viv on cleaning days and there is nowhere the poo could be

    but thanks for the reply xx

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    He's pooping, your just missing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW818 View Post
    He's pooping, your just missing it.
    i'm def not missing it

    the last poo he did was on my other halfs chest (so funny)

    the one before that was on the sofa .... (so smelly) lol

    and all the ones before have been very obvious in the tank, usually in his warm hide .... i check so regularly that I wouldn't miss it, and not just in warm hide ... i lift the floor tiles and check all hides


    again thanks the reply tho xx

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    Any changes in the norm for your gecko? Housing changes, temp changes, etc? Sometimes big changes stress them out enough to not poo. I would try the warm bath again. I know he may not like it but it's really one of the best at home remedies that you can try without going to a vet. However, if this continues for another week or so, I would take him to the vet and explain everything. I hope he's not blocked up too bad. He's still eating, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi'smom View Post
    Any changes in the norm for your gecko? Housing changes, temp changes, etc? Sometimes big changes stress them out enough to not poo. I would try the warm bath again. I know he may not like it but it's really one of the best at home remedies that you can try without going to a vet. However, if this continues for another week or so, I would take him to the vet and explain everything. I hope he's not blocked up too bad. He's still eating, right?
    Nothing has changed at all and the temp has always been the same, no loss in appetite at all

    I'll try the bath and hope for the best .... thanks xx

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    Apart from the bath you could also try a drop of mineral oil on your gecko's nose or if you can't get that 2 drops of olive oil. I used a combination of bathing (warm water not too hot) and mineral oil and gently rubbing my lizards belly from front to back in the water. In addition check your temps are warm enough, that your gecko has enough water and calcium and that your gecko isn't eating food that's too big as these can cause constipation. If you're keeping it on sand or any other substate that they can eat - change it as ingestion could be causing your gecko to be impacted too. If there's still no poop you'll have to take your gecko to the vet 20 days with no poop is way too long. Can you see a big black mass of poop in your gecko's body - their skin's pretty transparent on their underside. Good luck with your poor little gecko I really hope it's better soon.
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    thanks debbie!!

    there is a black mass in his belly .... this evening i gave him a good soak in a warm bath for 15 mins (this time he seemed to like it!) gave him a little belly rub and also dropped a tiny dash of olive oil on his nose which he promptly licked off!

    tonight was a feeding night and he ate 3 hoppers and 1 waxworm (his first ever waxworm)

    he has now retreated to his wet hide which is his favourite place

    a new question if i may .... is everyones wet hide warm or cold????

    thanks again debbie xx

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    Hmm... that's not good that he has a black mass in his belly. That is a sign of impaction. It's good that he liked the bath a little more this time. I agree with everything Debbie suggested. You will want to continue doing the baths and rubbing his belly lightly until he goes to the bathroom, maybe a few times a day. It's great that he is eating, although you may want to feed him less until all systems are cleared. It could make him more uncomfortable. Hopefully you can help him out and he starts going soon.

    As for the wet hide, it is usually suggested that you have the humid hide either in the middle of the tank or on the warm side to prevent them from being wet and cold at the same time.

    Hopefully that helps and I wish you the best of luck with him. Keep up the great work!
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    My two little guys:
    Marla - Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot Tail Leopard Gecko
    Bob - Eastern Painted Turtle

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