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    Default Leopard gecko hasn't pooped in a few weeks, Please help!


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    Okay so I'm pretty new to forums and just made this account for advice about this.

    My leopard gecko hasn't pooped in 1-2 weeks. I don't remember exactly when he last did but it was quite a few feedings ago. I gave him a bath yesterday for 10 minutes and now he's having a longer one, I'm keeping him in this one for 20 minutes and am going to massage his belly to maybe help him out.

    He lives in a 10 gallon tank, Hot side is about 80-87 and cold side is usually 70-77 (about 10 colder than the hot side) he has 3 hides, one for the hot side, middle and cold side and he sleeps in them all pretty much equally. He hasn't stopped eating (He is fed 2 crickets and 3 mealworms every 3 days).

    I've had him for around 7 months now, He was 2 years old when I got him. This happened once before when he didn't poop for about a week but after a 10 minute bath that time he did.

    His substrate is reptile carpet so he can't be impacted, Can he?

    Also, He doesn't have a moist hide because when I try to give him one he doesn't use it. He rarely has trouble with shedding though.

    Thanks for any info or help <3

    Edit: Another thing I forgot to mention, His belly looks like it has a bit of blackish-blue in it, Is that normal or bad news?
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    Hello Daisyvayle ~

    Welcome aboard!

    Soaking water should be 86*F, a leo's preferred body temperature. That's 30*C.

    Is the 80-87 range air or ground temperatures? Can you bump up the warm end temperatures to 88-92*F as measured by a digital thermometer with a probe on the ground underneath the warm dry hide very soon? The temperatures you report may be too cool for proper digestion. That could very well be the reason your leo is not pooping regularly.

    Please share a photo of his belly. He could possibly be impacted from mealworm and cricket chitin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Hello Daisyvayle ~

    Welcome aboard!

    Soaking water should be 86*F, a leo's preferred body temperature. That's 30*C.

    Is the 80-87 range air or ground temperatures? Can you bump up the warm end temperatures to 88-92*F as measured by a digital thermometer with a probe on the ground underneath the warm dry hide very soon? The temperatures you report may be too cool for proper digestion. That could very well be the reason your leo is not pooping regularly.

    Please share a photo of his belly. He could possibly be impacted from mealworm and cricket chitin.
    Hi! Thanks so much for replying.

    It's the ground temperature right under his warm hide there is a probe. I'll try and find a way to put up a picture of his belly tomorrow (I'm just about to go to sleep >w<).

    I always thought 80-87-ish was good because he's been pooping regularly for most of the time I've had him so far. But I'll see what I can do about making it warmer.
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    Leos really need 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) floor/ground temperature right underneath their warm dry hide.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Leos really need 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) floor/ground temperature right underneath their warm dry hide.
    Okay, Thanks for the info, I can't believe I've been setting it too cold for him for so long D: I set it to 88.

    Here's a picture of his tummy: Belly - Daisyvayle's Sta.sh
    Sorry for the low quality picture, I don't have a camera so I had to use my mom's phone.
    And the blue-ish isn't that obvious so I hope you can see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Leos really need 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) floor/ground temperature right underneath their warm dry hide.
    Okay, Thanks for the info, I can't believe I've been setting it too cold for him for so long D: I set it to 88.

    Here's a picture of his tummy: Belly - Daisyvayle's Sta.sh
    Sorry for the low quality picture, I don't have a camera so I had to use my mom's phone.
    And the blue-ish isn't that obvious so I hope you can see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Leos really need 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) floor/ground temperature right underneath their warm dry hide.
    Okay, Thanks for the info, I can't believe I've been setting it too cold for him for so long D: I set it to 88.

    Here's a picture of his tummy: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...ture36770.html
    Sorry for the low quality picture, I don't have a camera so I had to use my mom's phone.
    And the blue-ish isn't that obvious so I hope you can see it.

    (Sorry for the late reply, I tried sending it twice but it said it needed to be approved by an admin so I figured I'd try posting the picture on here first then sending this)

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    Update:: Looks like he finally went this morning after a few days of baths! Thanks for all the help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisyvayle View Post
    Update:: Looks like he finally went this morning after a few days of baths! Thanks for all the help!
    Good news, just bear in mind that does not indicate that his temperatures are sufficient, you should still do everything you can to get them within the recommended range Elizabeth suggests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisyvayle View Post
    Okay, Thanks for the info, I can't believe I've been setting it too cold for him for so long D: I set it to 88.

    Here's a picture of his tummy: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...ture36770.html
    Sorry for the low quality picture, I don't have a camera so I had to use my mom's phone.
    And the blue-ish isn't that obvious so I hope you can see it.

    (Sorry for the late reply, I tried sending it twice but it said it needed to be approved by an admin so I figured I'd try posting the picture on here first then sending this)
    The tummy looks fine.

    Are you "setting" a thermostat?

    I really recommend a 90-91*F setting instead of 88*F. That way there's wiggle room when a thermostat cycles on and off.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 11-06-2015 at 02:03 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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