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    Hi, I rescued a gecko from a friend's son.

    She/he is in a 30x12x12.

    We got her a UTH, A black light heat lamp, A UV lamp and a day time heat lamp soft. She has a water hole with a cave under neath.

    A tree for climbing, foliage and her floor is tile over sand with a little bit of sand in the cooler area of the tank.

    We have two thermomaters installed inside. They are not digital. We will get those the next trip to the store.

    We've had her two days.

    The warm side of the tank is at 92 degrees and the cool side is at 78. She has two additional; a shedding cave and one with moss for a cool damp area. I put the moss cave midway between the zones. The ambient room temp for our house is at 75.

    I'm worried about her. She is supposed to be about a year and a half old. She is very skinny. I moved her out of her hidey hole and misted her and she lapped the water up for about a half an hour. Every place she could lick the water was gone. We got her crickets and dusted them. She hasn't eaten any at all. There are three in there with her right now.

    I think I should move to worms until she fattens up, but I don't know, this is my first lizard as an adult. My family bred geckos when I was very young but I don't remember having them.

    I'm just really worried. I'm an animal lover and I don't want her to die.

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    I also think she may have MBD? Her one foot is somewhat crooked. The kids named her Daisy and I named her/him Richard Gecko. I'm going to find a 21 jump street sign for her/his home.
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    that gecko is not healthy. for the geckos sake please send him/her to the vet.

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    I would agree that taking him/her to the vet would be in your best interest, it can rule out a lot of possible conditions - and maybe even diagnose some others. As for the sand you spoke of, I would recommend removing it all together. Sand is a very deadly substrate to have, especially for a Gecko that is so sickly. Who knows what even the smallest amount of it could do if ingested!

    Please keep us updated on this little sweetheart, and major kudos to you for taking him/her in!
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    We've only had the gecko for two days. I am trying to find a vet to take her/him to. I would like some advice from anyone who has lengthy experience with leopard geckos. I know she/he is sick, most likely from undernourishment which is the reason I rescued her two days ago in the first place. When I find a vet that sees reptiles how should I keep her warm? I live in an area that is very cold right now. I moved her entire cage with blankets all around to try and keep the warmth in. I had my van running super hot all the way home and until after I unloaded her from our van.

    Please I would really like advice on what to do other than "that gecko is not healthy. for the geckos sake please send him/her to the vet".

    I'm sorry if I am coming off as brusque. I am just worried and until I can find a vet close by I would like some pointers on what to do until then.

    I've cared for sick animals, kids, adults. I'm was an in home nurse for many years. My family has always taken in strays and hurt animals of all kinds.

    I want to do everything I can for this sweet animal.

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    Okay. I'll cover the sand with some tile. I'll have to get some from Home Depot.

    I guess I'm just trying to figure out what to do for her/him until I get him/her into a vet.

    Should I hand feed her?
    Mist her more than once a day?
    Get her worms instead of crickets?
    Make her come of her cave every so often to be misted?
    Let her stay in the warm area or move her every so often?
    Leave her alone completely?

    These are things I'm wondering. I know "Go to a vet" working on that part. Until that happens what should I do?

    I think I found one and hopefully they are open tomorrow.

    Thank you everyone for the help so far!
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    So glad to hear that you'll cover the sand!

    Get her worms instead of crickets? Perhaps going towards a more fatty meal item would be best? Waxworms, Hornworms and Silkworms are an excellent choice to 'tempt' an under/reluctant eater. Waxworms are high in fat, which may very well add benefit. The only thing is that they can also become very addictive, so if she does happen to pick up on Crickets - solidify her diet back to those strictly for awhile(or other healthy meal choices for Leos).

    As for the heating issue when in the van, here is a helpful suggestion from @Aimless:
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    look for those little hand-warmer pouches. those work well. tape it the underside of the lid on her transport container, and keep an eye on the temp.
    Another suggestion is what I did when I purchased my second Leo a few days ago. I kept the heat on the entire time I was in the vehicle(two and a half hours), and monitored the temperature with a digital thermometer + probe. But I would highly suggest what Aimless said, as it ensures greater heating benefit.

    Should I hand feed her? If that is what you need to do, to get her to eat then I would say go for it. Sometimes they need a bit of tempting! My very first Leo wouldn't eat on his own for the first week, so I had to tempt him with tweezers or my fingers with live food.

    Mist her more than once a day? It's a personal preference if you'd like to mist her more than once, but an alternative could be to let her soak in a well tempered dish of water. It will soothe her form no doubt, and allow her to lick at the water to her leisure. It acts as another way of 'tempting' a Leo, to drink. This is recommended for dehydrated reptiles of all sorts.

    Make her come of her cave every so often to be misted? ^ You could also just ensure that her moist hide remains misted with warm water as much as its needed per day, and remains at a suitable temperature to promote necessary humidity.

    Let her stay in the warm area or move her every so often? Leos are very good at setting their own pace for which side they desire to be on. But if she seems to be too weak to move, then it might be best to just move her every now and then based on your own personal judgement.

    Leave her alone completely? When it comes to handling in her current state, I would say lessen it to necessary times only(if you aren't already doing that). It may add on to her current stress as is, because it is likely that she is stressed as is from the move. Leos are known to be very sensitive to changes - which could also be a reason as to why her appetite is down, aside from the obvious.


    I hope that these snippets of info help you out, and that all works out for you and her when she is seen by a vet!
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    Found this in another thread. Going to use these tips. Hopefully this vet is open tomorrow. If not I'll be following these tips until I can get this sweet leopard in to see the vet. Going to remove the crickets.

    Thank you again!

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    Thank you so much. I'm going to remove the crickets. I don't want them eating her toes or anything if she isn't going to eat them right now. I'll go to the pet store to get worms for her. I think I'll stay away from the fatty worms for now and save those as a treat when she is well.
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