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    Hello! I'm new to the website and am seeking help with a leopard gecko that my boyfriend rescued from a flea market reptile guy.

    Here's some of the back story. My boyfriend was at a flea market and found someone selling various reptiles varrying from juveline leopard geckos, adults, chameleons, and snakes. It seems as if all of them were mistreated but one of the geckos caught his eye. When he first saw Lucky, he had shed skin built up everywhere since Lucky had nothing to help him shed. His eyes were completely covered with layers of shedding skin too and my boyfriend sat down and over the course of 30 minutes used a damp towel to get all the shed skin off the geckos body and eyes.

    We aren't sure the details of Lucky but we do know he is an adult male, severely underweight, has bad eyesight because of how long the skin was covering his eyes. We also do know that this gecko has quite the quirky personality and is a joy to have.

    I've attached some pictures of Lucky. I would like to know how to help this little guy get back to a healthy weight in the best way possible. We currently have Lucky on a rotating diet of crickets, mealworms, and super worms, with some waxworms occasionally. Should we feed Lucky daily or every few days like recommended for adult leopard geckos?
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    If he'll eat every day, feed him every day. Ditch the waxworms. When you can, have him tested for parasites (including crypto which is a different test) by a reptile vet. If you have any other geckos, keep him far away from them until he's tested, care for him last, and wash your hands well after you handle him

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    And the "reptile guy" should probably be reported to authorities if he is selling sick reptiles.
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    That's exactly what I told him to do as I wasn't there when he got the gecko. By the time I was able to tell him to do so, he had already left the flea market. All of the reptiles were mistreated and it was terrible from how he described it. I don't know why he didnt have the sense to report it anyway.

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    Luckily, Lucky doesn't have parasites or crypto. He was able to get Lucky tested by a friends reptile vet when he first got him from that terrible reptile guy.
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