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    I've recently switched to feeding live mealworms and he's gotten this blue belly. I noticed while handling him today I think that maybe it's just his organs?

    Please help?
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    How does your leo's belly feel: hard or soft?

    Are you matching these temperatures?

    Temperatures - A temperature gradient from warm to cool maintains your leo's health. Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured with the probe of a digital thermometer or a temp gun (and controlled by a thermostat set at 91*F/32.8*C):
    • Warm end ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) underneath a leo's warm dry hide
    • Cool end ground temperature: 70ish-75 F (21.1-23.9 C) Usually the cool end ground temperature matches the room temperature where the enclosure sits.
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7. If you wish, during the night turn off overhead lighting/heating (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C).
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    His belly when you poke it's soft but a little hard. The temps do match up. I also turn off the overhead lights at night and I've had the heat mat on 24/7 for the past 2 weeks to avoid impaction and help him digest, as I feed him at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropixalia View Post
    His belly when you poke it's soft but a little hard. The temps do match up. I also turn off the overhead lights at night and I've had the heat mat on 24/7 for the past 2 weeks to avoid impaction and help him digest, as I feed him at night.
    Has he been pooping?
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    Yeah, last night he pooped, I haven't seen any today though. Maybe impaction?

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    I'm going to wait until the morning, and if he hasn't pooped I'll give him a warm bath with some olive oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropixalia View Post
    Yeah, last night he pooped, I haven't seen any today though. Maybe impaction?
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    I'm going to wait until the morning, and if he hasn't pooped I'll give him a warm bath with some olive oil.
    If he needs a warm bath + a drop or two of olive or vegetable oil, gently massage his belly in a throat-to-vent direction during his warm soak. The warm bath should be about 86*F. That's a leo's preferred body temperature.

    Does he have a humid hide that's moist just about 24/7 in addition to fresh water all the time? The humid hide should sit totally on top of the heat mat, just like the warm dry hide does.
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    He has a humid hide that is moist 24/7 and is next to the warm hide, completely on the heat mat. Fresh water is next to his cool dry hide all the time.

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    The blue coloring is usually the organs in the body. What I am afraid may be happening is that from feeding the meal worms there may be a blockage starting. Give him warm baths and rub his stomach to help pass whatever is in there.

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    Oh boy... blue belly... while it may be an organ, I’d take them to the vet just in case and get them tested for crypto. I recently lost a baby gecko who had a blue belly to crypto and the vet told me that he’s dealt with a lot of baby geckos who have passed, and most of them had a blue belly where as most of them didn’t. It might just be a coincidence, but I really think you should at least get them checked out... just in case. I can also attest to the fact that my baby gecko who passed ended up developing a blue spot on her belly suddenly and it just grew and grew until she passed.

    This might be an overreaction on my part but... I’d get them checked out just in case.

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