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    Default Juvenile Leopard Gecko Stuck Shed on Toes


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    So I know this question has been asked 1,000 times.. and I know what the general answers/solutions usually are.. but I have a newly acquired baby leopard gecko. Only 4 weeks old. She is good, eats well, hides from me a lot, but shes still pretty new, but comes out for her feedings, poops normally.. I'll give the details of my husbandry to answer any questions. Tank is an Exo-Terra large low.. Hot side ambient temp is about 80-84ish and on top of heat mat is about 88-90 measured with Infrared temp gun. cool side is about 72-74.. substrate is a combo of slate tile, and repti carpet at the moment.. has 3 hides a warm a cool and a moist hide on half warm, half cool side.. She eats mostly small dubia roaches, and mealworms.. Dusted 1x a week with zoo med with D3 - once with zoo med without D3 and once herpivite multivitamins without D3. I think my husbandry is pretty good... Lighting is with just natural room lighting for about 11-12 hours a day... So, on to the question as the title suggests she has stuck shed on her toes.. she shed for the first time with me 10 days ago, which was her 2nd night with me.. did a great job except for those stubborn toes and a ring of shed around her arm.. I let it be for a couple of days hoping she would work it all off.. after about 3 or 4 days with no improvement I did my best to get a hold of her and put her in a luke warm bath just enough to cover feet.. I was able to get the ring off of her arm and the tiniest bit off the toes, but she was getting stressed so I put her back.. so last night I tried again to get it off of her toes.. Shes tough to catch still a baby but finally got her into the tub again, let her stay in for about 10 minutes maybe more, while gently trying to massage off with Qtip... barely any progress! I even sprayed the toes with Zoo meds shedding aid.. still not much progress.. I dont want to keep putting the little girl through this, but also dont want her to lose her toes, as it is still stuck on quite a few... Should I just give it more time? Will it maybe come off with her next shed? Is she doomed to lose these toes, and if she does what do I do then??

    Thank you for taking the time to read my long post.. Any help is appreciated!!!!

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    Mine has been to the vet for shed issues. The vet gave her a warm soak and gently pulled off the excess shed. Now I do that at home. I was told to give her a 10 min warm water soak daily when she begins her shed. Sometimes I use my fingers to get the excess off, using tweezers scares me.

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