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    Default Leopard gecko loose stool


    My leopard gecko has had loose stool for about 2 weeks since her last shed. The poop is otherwise normal; color, amount, and frequency haven't changed, it's just not one solid mass like it usually is. Her urates are quite yellow and she releases quite a bit (maybe 1/8-1/4 of a teaspoon) of clear liquid along with the poop and urate. She's always done this since I've owned her, but the amount of liquid seems to be increasing. She's been eating fine, although I am concerned I'm not feeding her the right amount. She hasn't been overly sluggish or lethargic that I've noticed. She did lay eggs about 3 weeks ago (I didn't plan to breed her, I guess a male got to her at the pet store before I bought her.) The eggs were both fertilized and seem to be developing well. Her weight looks normal, I haven't noticed any major losses or tail size changes.

    Species of lizard:leopard gecko
    Gecko's name: Ciri
    Morph: tremper albino
    Gender: female
    Age: 13 months
    Weight: 47g

    Enclosure dimensions (length x width x height):24x18x18
    Substrate provided: none

    What type and brand of thermometer (digital with probe, temperature gun, LCD strip, analog (circle), combo digital thermometer/hygrometer, stainless steel aquarium type, other): digital with probe
    What is the ground temperature right on the substrate under the warm dry hide: fluctuates between 88-92F
    What device(s) are used to maintain the temperature (Under Tank Heater, heat light, Ceramic Heat Emitter, Flexwatt heat tape, hot rock, other): UTH

    Insects and worms, list type: 5-8 mealworms every few days, maybe around 10 3-4 week crickets every other day, 1 superworm once a week
    Regular diet fed to the insects: none
    Regular diet fed to the worms: slices of carrot about once a week

    How often do you feed your gecko? every other day
    Please list any supplements (with brand names) used. How are they given and how often? zoo med repti calcium with D3, mealworms are dusted about 2 days a week

    Additional Information

    Gecko's total length: around 8 inches
    Length of your reptile when you first acquired it: 6 inches
    Source (pet store, breeder, previous owner): pet store
    Captive bred or wild caught: bred

    Number of hides: 2
    Location of hides:
    Is there a humidity hide? location? provided when she's about to shed, on the warm side
    Please describe any other furnishings: a rock on the warm side (not a heated rock, just a normal rock)

    Are you using a thermostat(s)? yes
    Which hide does she/he spend most of her time? her warm hide, or tucked into the back behind her rock
    Is the temperature decreased at night? by how much? no

    Is the humidity measured? I used to measure it was usually around 40%, no higher than 50 (this was during rainy season so the ambient humidity was naturally high, I'm not sure what it's at now)

    Are the insects and worms formally “gutloaded” 1-2 days prior to feeding off to your gecko? If so with? no
    What calcium brand are you using? with D3, without or both? zoo med repti calcium, with D3

    General Health
    Is your gecko’s general activity level normal, decreased, or increased? normal as far as I know, possibly a bit decreased
    Is your gecko’s appetite normal, decreased, or increased? normal
    Have you noticed any of the following?
    Weight (loss or gain): no
    Discharge from the eyes or nose: no
    Increased breathing rate or effort: no
    Change in the droppings: see above
    ---white or yellowish: yellowish
    ---size of urates as compared to size of feces: hard to tell, as feces isn't a solid mass. they seem to be a normal size
    Abnormal skin color or shedding: no
    Parasites on the skin or in the feces: no
    Weakness: no
    Regurgitation: no
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    Maybe her system is a little off from laying? Occasional runny poop isn't an issue. Chronic diarrhea with weight loss is a concern and requires a vet visit.


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    My leopard gecko will occasionally have diarrhea from stress. The very few handling sessions I've had with his usually end in him pooping, and it's usually very runny/watery. He's healthy 100% otherwise and I know that it's stress-related. I don't handle him much anymore. Keep monitoring her poops, has every single poo been diarrhea since you got her? How any times has she pooped?

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Amy!

    Several things in your post caught my eye. If her loose stool continues, please see a vet. She could have pinworms or some other parasite.

    Let's troubleshoot Ciri's urates yellow urates.
    1. Does Ciri have a water dish in her enclosure 24/7?
    2. You mention you dust the mealworms with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 about 2 times per week. I don't think she is getting too many supplements, so there must be some other reason. Vitamin D3 is fat soluble. It sticks around in a leo's body and works with calcium carbonate throughout the week.
    3. Could yellow urates be caused by mealworms eating lots of carrots? They are what they eat. It's important to feed worms (and insects) a balanced diet, not just carrots.
    4. What type of bedding do you keep the mealworms on? I recommend Professional Reptiles' Pro Gutload dry diet. Then supplement that diet with high calcium, low phosphorus, leafy greens. Pro Gutload dry diet is contained in this link.

    Instead of Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 @ 2 feedings per week, I recommend Supplement Schedule 124. Just use the Monday, Wednesday, Friday part, because Ciri is 13 mo, 47 gms, and 8 inches long. Please get some Zoo Med Repti Calcium withOUT D3 or NOW brand pure calcium from a health foods store. (It's fine to stock up on plain calcium, because it never expires.) Add a bit of Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins withOUT D3 @ 1 feeding per week too. Adding those 2 supplements will round out her schedule.

    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (without UVB)

    • Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    • Mealworms >> Tuesday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Wednesday - lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate without D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium)
    • Crickets or dubia >> Thursday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Friday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    • Mealworms >> Saturday
    • No food or free choice >> Sunday
    When she's ready to cut back to 2 feedings per week (@ about 18 months old), switch to Schedule 126 .
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 08-22-2019 at 01:20 AM.
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