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    Hello, I'm Michele and I've just rescued a Leopard Gecko. I'm a total newbie, but I couldn't just leave the poor thing. I've named him Lilo (pronounced Lee-low).

    He (yes confirmed he) was found outside my office on 03.16.17 in 22+ degree F weather. He was very cold and he's very skinny. We warmed him up over night at the office and I fed him wax worms on 03.17.17 as well as some repta-boost from petco (I spoke to the person in charge of reptiles and that's what they recommended based on his pictures). He regurgitated the 2 worms and the repta-boost. I brought him home that nite and on the way home he pooped a small amount of yellowish poop and peed. I fed him again; this time one worm at a time, with at least 5 hours in between feedings. No vomit. I fed only repta boost on saturday (again no vomit), and on sunday 03.19.17, he ate 3 wax worms (no vomit). He has drank water as well.

    So far he has not pooped since friday.

    I currently have him in a 5.5 gallon tank so that I can watch and rejuvenate him. Once he's better, I'll get a bigger tank. I'm in the process of getting the correct warming items for him. Currently i have a 50 watt heat lamp on all the time, and a human heating pad set to warm underneath the tank that shuts off automatically. He also has his water dish on the cool side, and a cardboard hide on the warm side. It's not ideal, I know, but as I read more I'm finding out what he needs.

    He seems to sleep a lot in his hide, but when I take him out and hold him, he's very active and likes to climb around.

    I will be taking him to a vet, but it's been really cold here on Long Island and I don't want to take him out just yet. I've posted some picutures so you can see him.

    My question is: Is it regular for him not to poop after so many days of eating?

    Anything else you can tell me will be much appreciated.

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    As an aside, I also have two 14-year-old kitties that have heart disease. One also has hyperthyroid issues and Irritable bowel disease. I only mention this so that you know I'm no stranger to taking care of little ones.

    Thanks so much,

    ~Michele and Lilo

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    My geckos generally poops once a day or every 2 days, he could just be VERY stressed from the coldness and is just a little backed up. Try putting him in a inch of warm water, put a rock in for him to climb on and escape it. Try this for 10-15 minutes everyday and he should eventually poop. I hope I'm a help.

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    Bless you for taking him in. He also looks like he may have metabolic bone disease, so get some calcium with vitamin D3 (if you can find it, Repashy Calcium Plus is a good product). If he's eating solid food, you can dust the feeders with it. Otherwise you can dip your finger in water, dip it in the calcium and rub some on his face that he'll lick off.

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    Wow! That's amazing! I too am fairly new to the reptile world. I have a approximately 9 month old leopard gecko named Khaki.....Kax for short. LILO is quite an amazing little gecko! Please keep us up to date on his progress.
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    Hi Everyone! Thanks for the replies.

    So far, still no poop.

    Should I slow down on giving solid food, and give mostly repta-boost with water and pedia-lite and warm baths?

    Thanks again!

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    Pedialyte and warm soaks wouldn't hurt. I believe that the slurry should be a last resort and if there's a way to keep a gecko on solid food, we should do that in order to avoid dependence on puree which can happen.

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