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    Exclamation Leopard Gecko walking around cage with eyes closed!! New Owner, very worried!!


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    I just got a 2 year old male leopard gecko on the 17th. I got him from someone who could no longer care for him, they told me he is very sweet, friendly, and loves being handled. I have not yet gotten the chance to see this side of him, he has been hiding in his new hide the whole time I've had him. He has not eaten, I haven't seen him drink. He has been walking around his cage with his eyes closed, this worried me so I searched online to find it probably wasn't a good sign. I am hoping to get a clearer answer as to what it could be. I am not totally sure what morph he is, but from looking online it looks like he could be a Tremper Albino. Could his eyes be more sensitive? He has lived his whole life with a light in his tank and the lady I bought him from told me it has never bothered him. I want to begin taming him, but I can't until he can actually see my hand. He sometimes opens one eye, but they are usually both closed. I am very concerned for his health. I read online it could be shed in his eye, so I setup a moist hide for him, but he won't use it. He only stays inside the warm hide, sleeping all day. Any advice or help would be appreciated as I am new to Leopard Geckos and I am extremely worried for him. Thank you!!
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    Albinos do have sensitive eyes, perhaps you could get a heat mat instead?

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    I am going to buy a heat mat today, but the person who had him before told me he has never done this and they have always used the light? Is there anything else I can do to help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gecko2D View Post
    I am going to buy a heat mat today, but the person who had him before told me he has never done this and they have always used the light? Is there anything else I can do to help?
    Give him or her a week, if he or she still isn't eating I'd suggest a vet

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    Okay, I am going to buy him a heat mat in a few hours, along with calcium powder. When do you think I can begin trying to tame him? He was tame and loved being handled with his old owners but now that I have him and it's his third day being here should I be trying to tame him?

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    Yes start taming him or her now, or he or she might be harder to

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    I have been trying to tame him, but he can't see me. His eyes stay closed when he's walking around so he can't see my hand to get used to it. What do I do? He continues to walk around with his eyes closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gecko2D View Post
    I have been trying to tame him, but he can't see me. His eyes stay closed when he's walking around so he can't see my hand to get used to it. What do I do? He continues to walk around with his eyes closed.
    Have you tried popping your hand in there when the light in the tank is turned off? Maybe just have a small lamp across the room giving some light, that way you might be able to tell if it's the light that's bothering him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mecoat View Post
    Have you tried popping your hand in there when the light in the tank is turned off? Maybe just have a small lamp across the room giving some light, that way you might be able to tell if it's the light that's bothering him.
    yes, I turn the lights off at 8 but even in the night he has been walking around with closed eyes. Today I left a lamp light on and left his tank light off to see if maybe the overhead light was bothering him. I just came home and he is still walking around with closed eyes. I don't know what the problem could be. With the heating mat in, he is warm and should be walking around more. But all day he pretty much stays in one corner or in his warm hide. He hasn't eaten yet, he also hasn't drank any water. I am very worried. I called the vet but they don't take in reptiles, they referred me to a vet an hour away. I'm not able to spend a lot of money on vet trips, I don't know what to do. Any advice???

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    Are you seeing any sign of poop or pee in the enclosure? One thing you can try is to pick him up by sliding your hand underneath him and hold him gently in one hand, making a little cave for him with the other hand. If he'll tolerate this, try getting a drop of water on your finger and putting it on one of his eyes. This usually causes the gecko to open the eye. Then you can take a look to see if there is anything in the eye, or if it's crusty or infected looking. That also may help him keep the eye open.

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