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    So I've had my leo, Apollo, for about two months. My parents bought him from petsmart (yeah terrible I know) but he looked very healthy at the time, with a thick tail and very active. Now his tail is much thinner, and his droppings have become more liquid. He is feeding well, primarily on small dusted crickets. I'm unsure what could be causing the loss of fat on the tail, and I'm hoping he doesn't develop stick-tail. He weighed 8 grams last time I weighed him. IMG_20170528_074204_439.jpg
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    Oh I forgot to mention, he does have a heating mat

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    I'd take him to the vet ASAP. Good luck!
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    How is Apollo doing?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    How is Apollo doing?
    He's gained a little fat on his tail, droppings are still consistently liquid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sphinx View Post
    Oh I forgot to mention, he does have a heating mat
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    He's gained a little fat on his tail, droppings are still consistently liquid
    Is the picture you shared the most current picture? An 8 gram leo is extremely thin!

    It's really important to take Apollo to a vet. Any vet can do a fecal exam on his droppings. If your leo has parasites or worms, he needs medicine to get healthy.

    Let's troubleshoot several things. Proper heat is one of the most important things when caring for a leopard gecko.
    • What size tank?
    • What are the ground temperatures on the warm end?
    • What are the ground temps on the cool end?
    • What type thermometer have you? (circle/analog, digital thermometer, digital with probe, other)

    If you don't have a digital thermometer with a probe, can you get one today? Zoo Med makes a yellow digital thermometer that's pretty good. A local Home Depot would have something too.

    Please do this right away.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

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    • What size tank? 10 gallon
    • What are the ground temperatures on the warm end? Usually around 87-90℉
    • What are the ground temps on the cool end? 75-78℉
    • What type thermometer have you? Digital with probe


    The weight was taken about two weeks after purchase, my mother accidentally dropped the scale soon after and it broke.. now we're around three months in and I haven't found another scale and I'd assume he gained some weight since then. Also, there are no exotic vets even close to my area so I might have to drive him out of state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sphinx View Post
    • What size tank? 10 gallon
    • What are the ground temperatures on the warm end? Usually around 87-90℉
    • What are the ground temps on the cool end? 75-78℉
    • What type thermometer have you? Digital with probe


    The weight was taken about two weeks after purchase, my mother accidentally dropped the scale soon after and it broke.. now we're around three months in and I haven't found another scale and I'd assume he gained some weight since then. Also, there are no exotic vets even close to my area so I might have to drive him out of state.
    Those ground temperatures look good!

    I hope that you can take Apollo to the closest exotics vet. He deserves it. With proper treatment Apollo will be healthy soon.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    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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    He kind of looks like an African fat tailed gecko...
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