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    So, quick question as I am at a loss. Wyrm is doing great, growing well, eating well, even have caught him drinking some. He's 6-7 months old and 84 grams. But for the past 2.5-3 months he's had a slight whistle when he gets excited. Temps are steady, maybe a little warm with it being summer, but generally 86-88 hot spot, 72-73 cool end. He has access to a humid hide at all times that is a steady 85-86. Ambient humidity is about 45-50% in the house even with fans going.

    His nose is dry, no discharge, no extra saliva or goo in his mouth, gums are pink and moist, and has no signs (physical or otherwise) of an URI. When he is out and about on his own he is silent, the only time I can hear the whistle is when he gets really excited and chases bugs or is ready to go back in his house and is wiggly / breathing harder.

    I've had him to the vet when I first heard it, and they could find nothing out of the ordinary with him other than his arrhythmia. Then, when it didn't clear up with two successive sheds I took him back for a mouth culture...negative for any of the typical infectious agents. Just normal gecko bacteria in non-remarkable amounts.

    The vet said it shouldn't be related to his heart, but some geckos "just whistle" whether due to narrow nostrils or heavier breathing when stressed. Any input?
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    There could be a bit of something in his nose that's causing the sound. If he's comfortable and active I wouldn't worry about it.

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    If the vet is satisfied then I think you've no cause to worry. Could it be a bit of dry skin left up the nostril after shedding?

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    I guess it could be skin left, his nostrils are so small its hard to see in them. He's shed 2-3 times since it started so I had hoped it would have peeled out by now :/ He still seems happy and healthy either way. He decreased how much and how often he eats, but he's still gaining weight and having normal stool and urates. He's finally big enough to get a more definite fecal done as well.
    When I first got him I had to save up a few days worth of stools to get the crypto screen done. Now that he's been eating some crickets I want to monitor him for overload of pin worms. . . off topic, but yeah - vet is more concerned about his weird heart than his whistling nose.
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    Maybe a HUGE sneeze would dislodge what's causing the whistling?
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    Give him some snuff!

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