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    I saw that my gecko "apple" had pooped in her terrarium and naturally I would clean it up, but this time when i went to clean up the poop there was a red liquidity substance, which to me look like blood. Which gave me the idea that she was hurt, but when I picked her up to check she was ok. So i thought about it and was thinking whether or not she was pooping too hard, which cause the red substance to appear. If anyone else has an idea on what it is please do reply because right now I'm quite nervous on wondering if apple is ok or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slime View Post
    I saw that my gecko "apple" had pooped in her terrarium and naturally I would clean it up, but this time when i went to clean up the poop there was a red liquidity substance, which to me look like blood. Which gave me the idea that she was hurt, but when I picked her up to check she was ok. So i thought about it and was thinking whether or not she was pooping too hard, which cause the red substance to appear. If anyone else has an idea on what it is please do reply because right now I'm quite nervous on wondering if apple is ok or not.
    Hello,

    If you are sure what you saw was blood, I suggest you take your gecko to the vet as soon as possible. Also take a sample of her feces to get examined for parasites. Look over GF's caresheet and make sure that there are no problems with husbandry which could have contributed to the problem.
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    not to jump to the conclusions about going to the vet immediately, but i wanna know if it is possible for a gecko to poo very hard a little blood comes out, the amount is somewhat of a dot to a tiny spot of water. I would provide a picture, but for some reason my memory stick needs to be reformat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slime View Post
    not to jump to the conclusions about going to the vet immediately, but i wanna know if it is possible for a gecko to poo very hard a little blood comes out, the amount is somewhat of a dot to a tiny spot of water. I would provide a picture, but for some reason my memory stick needs to be reformat.
    You should not see blood at all. Was it really blood you saw? only you know. Your gecko should not be straining to defecate. If your gecko is straining than there is a problem for ex: diet, temps or health related. It's up to you to decide if you want to wait it out and see if it happens again or get her checked as precaution.
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    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
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    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!

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    You can fill this out to provide me with more details and I will let you know if I see something wrong that can have contributed to the problem. However, it will only help prevent future problems and possibly not help if there is an infection present or other conditions.

    Gender:
    Age:
    Weight:
    How big was the reptile when you first acquired it?
    Source (pet store, breeder, previous owner):
    Captive bred or wild caught?

    Enclosure:

    Cage: type, size:
    Substrate provided?
    What types of hiding places are provided?
    Is there a humidity hide?
    Please describe any other furnishings:

    Lighting:

    Artificial lighting?
    incandescent (“screw-in” bulbs): wattage(s) ?
    fluorescent (tube bulbs)?

    Temperature:

    Do you have a thermometer(s) in the cage? what type?
    What is the temperature in the warmest part of the cage? In the coolest part?
    What device(s) are used to maintain the temperature? hot rock, heat pad,
    warm room, heat light, ceramic heater, aquarium heater, other:

    Is the temperature decreased at night? by how much?

    Humidity:

    Is the humidity measured? Range:


    List other animals that are kept in the same cage:
    Recent acquisitions (new pets within the past 6 months)
    Are any of your other pets ill?
    List recent changes in the environment, if any:

    Diet:

    Insects, list type?
    Are they “gut loaded”? If so with?
    How often do you feed your reptile?
    Please list any supplements used. How are they given and how often?
    What calcium brand are you using? with D3, without or both?
    Is the calcium in the tank with D or without?
    Multivitamins?

    Please list any recent additions/changes in the diet:

    If your reptile is sick, please describe the signs and how long your reptile has been showing these signs:
    Is your reptile’s general activity level normal, decreased, or increased?
    Is your reptile’s appetite normal, decreased, or increased?
    Have you noticed any of the following?
    Weight loss, Weight gain
    Discharge from the eyes or nose
    Increased breathing rate or effort
    Change in the droppings
    Abnormal skin color or shedding
    Parasites on the skin or in the feces
    Weakness

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    Gender: female
    Age: around 8 to 9 months old
    Weight: 43g since April 24th
    How big was the reptile when you first acquired it?
    Source (pet store, breeder, previous owner): pet store
    Captive bred or wild caught?: captive bred

    Enclosure:

    Cage: type, size: 20 gallon tank
    Substrate provided? slate tiles
    What types of hiding places are provided? a cool hide, warm hide and humid hide
    Is there a humidity hide? yes
    Please describe any other furnishings: a water bowel for drinking

    Lighting:

    Artificial lighting?
    incandescent (“screw-in” bulbs): wattage(s) ? 60 watt bulb, only used when the cage gets cold
    fluorescent (tube bulbs)?

    Temperature:

    Do you have a thermometer(s) in the cage? what type? digital thermometer
    What is the temperature in the warmest part of the cage? In the coolest part? warm side 93 at average, cool side 80
    What device(s) are used to maintain the temperature? hot rock, heat pad,
    warm room, heat light, ceramic heater, aquarium heater, other: undertank heat pad

    Is the temperature decreased at night? by how much? at night it is around 75-77

    Humidity:

    Is the humidity measured? Range: below 50


    List other animals that are kept in the same cage: no
    Recent acquisitions (new pets within the past 6 months) no
    Are any of your other pets ill? no
    List recent changes in the environment, if any:nothing

    Diet:

    Insects, list type? crickets
    Are they “gut loaded”? If so with? lettuce, apples and oranges
    How often do you feed your reptile? everyday
    Please list any supplements used. How are they given and how often? dusted on crickets, twice a week
    What calcium brand are you using? with D3, without or both? repti-calcium by zoo med
    Is the calcium in the tank with D or without? without D3
    Multivitamins? yes

    Please list any recent additions/changes in the diet: nothing

    If your reptile is sick, please describe the signs and how long your reptile has been showing these signs:
    On April 28 i found a red liquidity substance when my gecko apple had pooped, but the poop was normal, no discolouration, and she wasn't hurt in any other places.

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    Does the digital thermometer have a probe attached that you can measure the floor temp with?

    Is 93 the floor temp or the air?

    What vitamins brand? How often?

    Do you have the calcium with D3 as well as plain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    Does the digital thermometer have a probe attached that you can measure the floor temp with?

    Is 93 the floor temp or the air?

    What vitamins brand? How often?

    Do you have the calcium with D3 as well as plain?
    The digital thermometer does have a probe attached to it, and 93 is the floor temp. The vitamins i use are reptivitamins without D3 from zoo med, i use them around once or twice a week. I have both calciums with and without D3

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    Quote Originally Posted by slime View Post
    The digital thermometer does have a probe attached to it, and 93 is the floor temp. The vitamins i use are reptivitamins without D3 from zoo med, i use them around once or twice a week. I have both calciums with and without D3
    UTH on one side of enclosure on 24/7.
    Daytime Temp: Temp right above heat mat floor 90-95 F (observe gecko for comfort level) If they spend too much time in the cool hide chances are it's too hot or the hide is not as secure as the other.
    Air temp: 77 cool side- 85 warmest end max unless a large enclosure with various temps is provided. Most people need an overhead heat source to achieve temp.
    Nightime Temp: 70's is fine for air temp.
    Humidity will be best at 40-45 RH to help prevent shedding and dehydration.

    Your gecko needs variety of insects. Every insect has it's nutritional benefits. crickets, roaches, silkworms, phoenix worms, baby hornworms, small % of mealworms and superworms for variety is okay.

    Also try to find a quality gutload to feed the insects. Lettuce is not ideal.

    T-Rex Calcium Plus Gut Load Cricket Formula would be best. Once you are providing a better gutload, Do not use Reptivite more than once a week. There is a risk of Vitamin A toxicity.
    Last edited by cricket4u; 04-30-2012 at 10:20 PM.
    Currently keeping:

    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!

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    Thanks for all the help
    I just have one more question, if i gutload my crickets with the T-rex calcium plus and then dust them with calcium D3 to feed apple, wouldn't it be a calcium overdose?

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