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    Hi, I have had a leopard gecko for a little over two years. In that time she’s has maintained a very healthy weight of approximately 70g and is about 9 inches. All her shed’s have been perfect and she has never gone off food. Recently though, after her latest shed she ended up with the tip of her tail being raw and sticky. I didn’t think much of it but I kept a close eye on it to make sure nothing progressed. Her tail got an infection and is now necrotic (it looks smaller in the picture but it is almost an inch of dead tissue). I am asking if any of you know a reptile veterinarian in the area of Santa Barbara? Or 1-2 hours away. If not do any of you know what my next steps would be (possibly forced amputation if it gets really far and threatens her body). I’m really stressed out.00582DDD-5675-4D3B-B376-709834DC3087.jpg 39ED8875-6F29-4626-BF48-AEE74845F864.jpg
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    I have had this happen with geckos before. The gecko should not be on a particle substrate with the tail in that shape. There's really nothing to do except keep an eye on it and make sure there are no red streaks running up the tail which would mean major infection. I don't know why it happens unless the gecko got the tail caught in something, or the cage floor is too hot and the tail is getting burnt. In my experience the area gets really dry and bad looking and eventually the tail tip will come off. the tip should regenerate and look just a little less pointy than the original tail.

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    the same thing is happening with my Cirrus i’ve only had her for about two months and she is handlable now so after her sheds i am able to get the stuck shed off of her toes with a warm water bath. She has a sticky and sort “strangled” tail that is turning dark red/purple at the tip, but not the whole tail. i’m super worried that she will lose her whole tail. there is a red streak running up this portion of her tail as well. what does this mean and what should i do??? i’m hoping to prevent any spread of infection if it IS an infection. i don’t want her to lose her whole tail

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirrus View Post
    the same thing is happening with my Cirrus i’ve only had her for about two months and she is handlable now so after her sheds i am able to get the stuck shed off of her toes with a warm water bath. She has a sticky and sort “strangled” tail that is turning dark red/purple at the tip, but not the whole tail. i’m super worried that she will lose her whole tail. there is a red streak running up this portion of her tail as well. what does this mean and what should i do??? i’m hoping to prevent any spread of infection if it IS an infection. i don’t want her to lose her whole tail
    The red streak means that the infection is spreading! If Cirrus does not get proper care, you might lose her.

    She needs to see a vet immediately! The red streak running up her tail is probably a sign that the infection is in her blood.

    Bring your gecko to an exotics vet right away. Even a regular vet can network with an exotics vet.
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    nooooo. how did this happen??????? where does an infection like this come from?? i don’t know what i did wrong !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirrus View Post
    nooooo. how did this happen??????? where does an infection like this come from?? i don’t know what i did wrong !!!!
    Does the area with the red streak feel warm?
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    no. just “normal” gecko temperature given that she is always on her heat mat

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirrus View Post
    no. just “normal” gecko temperature given that she is always on her heat mat
    It may be good to check out your husbandry. Does she have a warm moist hide just about 24/7? Usually sheds should go well.
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    the moist hide is on the cool end of the tank, and i always make sure it is sprayed with water especially when she’s in for a shed. but since it’s on the cool end i would say that it is not warm. she poops on the same rock everyday, and i always scrape it off everyday and make sure her water is filled, and the calcium dish is clean as well. the tank is well-managed i would say, but in terms of the moist hide i think i need to place it in a warmer area???

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