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    Hello!

    I have a leopard gecko named Steve who is coming up to a year old.
    He seems to have having an issue with his tail.
    I went away for a few days & my father has noticed that it looks like Steve may be biting his tail - there are what look like gouge marks.
    He does not appear to be shedding, appetite seems normal & he seems quite well in general. I have not made any adjustments to his diet, habitat or daily interaction. In fact he seemed to be enjoying being touched more than he did previously.
    I have had Steve since the end of July & I have not owned a leopard gecko, or any other reptile before.
    If anyone could provide me with some advice before I pop him down to the vets? I checked before I purchased him whether he is a pet that my veterinary surgery can provide support for & they said that basic issues can be dealt with. But I thought I would check with other more experienced owners before transporting Steve there & upsetting him further. I have included the follow photograph to show the gouge marks. Any help & advice is greatly appreciated, I would like to help Steve as soon as possible.
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    Eeep! I'm pretty new to geckos myself, but sounds like Steve should get to a vet!

    Out of curiosity, are there any loose feeder insects in the cage? I wonder if they've been biting at his tail? Even if they didn't cause the gouge marks, they may be biting at it.
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    It's possible that there may be some crickets still loose in the cage if Steve didn't find them & munch on them. I haven't seen any, but that doesn't mean they are not just out of sight when I look. I shall check behind the scenery & see if any are lurking. If that is the problem, it's easily rectified.
    However, if someone could also advise on how I treat the wounds? Are there any brands in particular that are best avoided or recommended? A Google search predominately came up with Vetark Tamodine?

    Many thanks muffin-song for suggesting that loose feeder insects could be causing Steve some irritation, I didn't think of that as a cause.

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    does his tail move normally, or does it seem stiff? Is that color the same as it has always been? I really think you should get Steve to the vet, that behavior and the wounds are not normal. I'm concerned that maybe the tail is necrotic, in which case it may have to go.

    Todd

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    Hello Todd,

    Yes his tail appears to move normally. He makes no fuss or noise if I touch it, or pick him up in general & he still adopts the same position he always does when hiding in his little house - tail curled up to the side.
    Also, it has always been that colour, no changes there either.
    He really does otherwise appear to be in good health - still interacts as he normally has, coming up to the edge of the cage when the doors are open for a look, sitting in his water dish like the strange little gecko he is.
    I fed him his evening crickets as per the norm & again Steve exhibited the same behaviour he always has when he spies/hears dinner.
    I shall phone the vet during my lunch break tomorrow & see whether they recommend bringing him in or recommend a surgery more equipped to handle & treat reptiles to take him too if they cannot properly facilitate.

    Many thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caliselina View Post
    Hello Todd,

    Yes his tail appears to move normally. He makes no fuss or noise if I touch it, or pick him up in general & he still adopts the same position he always does when hiding in his little house - tail curled up to the side.
    Also, it has always been that colour, no changes there either.
    He really does otherwise appear to be in good health - still interacts as he normally has, coming up to the edge of the cage when the doors are open for a look, sitting in his water dish like the strange little gecko he is.
    I fed him his evening crickets as per the norm & again Steve exhibited the same behaviour he always has when he spies/hears dinner.
    I shall phone the vet during my lunch break tomorrow & see whether they recommend bringing him in or recommend a surgery more equipped to handle & treat reptiles to take him too if they cannot properly facilitate.

    Many thanks.
    sitting in his water dish like the strange little gecko he is.
    Do take him to the vet. The majority of the time a tail problem is secondary to an underlying condition. Many times there's several things going on internally. Here is an example on page 27... Hepatic lipidosis, enteritis, preovulatory follicular stasis. Proper diagnostics and treatment is crucial before problems escalate. They can survive very long being ill, therefore it's easy to go unnoticed by owners. https://books.google.com/books?id=Xm...0gecko&f=false
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    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

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    I'm glad to hear that the tail is not as unhealthy as I had though, but still, getting the vet is quite important, as @cricket4u reiterated!
    good luck!
    Todd

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