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    My daughter has a leopard gecko bought from petco June of last year. He (I assume) has been a problem eater from the beginning but have been able to keep him at healthy levels until recently .. The last month or so has been the worst. He will not eat and no longer seems to be drinking. Up until last week he was peeing and pooping. He's peed once since. He is in a 20 gal tank. Hot temp steady 88-90F Cool side 77-78F. Humidity 48-50%. He has also been a problem shredder needing help every shed. Right now he weighs 8g. He is very lethargic but still responsive to light and noise and touch. I have soaked him so many times I lost count. I am going to do a Pedialyte soak today as I only found out about Pedialyte .. (Does it have to be unflavored?) I must spray him a few times a day to try to get some water in him. He has repticarpet for substrate. He's only ever eaten mealworms dusted with repti-cal (as previously stated always have had issues feeding). Sometimes he will lick the water off his snout but most often not. I don't know what else to do. I refuse to let this poor little guy die. It will devastate her. Lmk if I forgot anything.
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    I'm not a vet, so I can't diagnose your gecko. However, I will tell you that there is a contagious and fatal parasite in the leopard gecko community called "cryptosporidiosis". The only way to know whether your gecko has this parasite is to take it to the vet and have its vent swabbed. By the time the gecko gets to the state your daughter's gecko is in, it is highly unlikely that it can be saved.
    How do I know this? I am a former gecko breeder whose entire collection is infected with crypto. I have about 60 geckos. About 10 died 2 years ago when they were diagnosed. Just about all of my geckos look healthy. However, in the past month, two geckos that looked healthy for the past 2 years, started losing weight and passed away. My point is, that a gecko can look healthy, eat well and gain weight and still be infected with "crypto". The parasite can't live outside the body, but it makes egg cases that come out in the feces and are very hard to kill. Enclosures that have had a gecko with crypto in them can possibly be disinfected by treating with ammonia and letting them air dry.
    Petco sells a lot of geckos at each store. They are overcrowded and come from breeding facilities that are overcrowded. I can pretty much guarantee that they don't disinfect their cages with ammonia and air drying. It's even likely that they don't know that any of their geckos have crypto (of course I have no way either of knowing that any of their geckos have crypto, but you may be able to find out --see below). It wouldn't surprise me if they are inadvertently selling infected geckos widely.
    The reason I'm telling you all this is because you need to know whether your gecko has crypto in order to know how to proceed. As I mentioned above, it's very unlikely that this gecko will survive for very long. You could bring it to the vet to have it tested. If it does have crypto, and you ever want to get another gecko, you will need to do the following:
    a. either throw out everything that your gecko has ever used, or get rid of all the porous stuff and soak the other stuff (including the enclosure but not whatever is on the bottom of the cage) in ammonia and let it air dry.
    b. don't get another gecko from Petco. Check out a reptile show or a reputable breeder. Have the gecko tested for crypto when you get it.
    I know this is all a pain in the neck, but when you factor in that a truly healthy gecko can give you 20 years or more of pleasure (my oldest gecko --infected with crypto as he is-- is 15).
    I'm sorry to be telling you this, and, as I mentioned above, crypto is not certain, but it's a high likelihood and I urge you to take the steps I've outlined.

    Aliza

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I'm not a vet, so I can't diagnose your gecko. However, I will tell you that there is a contagious and fatal parasite in the leopard gecko community called "cryptosporidiosis". The only way to know whether your gecko has this parasite is to take it to the vet and have its vent swabbed. By the time the gecko gets to the state your daughter's gecko is in, it is highly unlikely that it can be saved.
    How do I know this? I am a former gecko breeder whose entire collection is infected with crypto. I have about 60 geckos. About 10 died 2 years ago when they were diagnosed. Just about all of my geckos look healthy. However, in the past month, two geckos that looked healthy for the past 2 years, started losing weight and passed away. My point is, that a gecko can look healthy, eat well and gain weight and still be infected with "crypto". The parasite can't live outside the body, but it makes egg cases that come out in the feces and are very hard to kill. Enclosures that have had a gecko with crypto in them can possibly be disinfected by treating with ammonia and letting them air dry.
    Petco sells a lot of geckos at each store. They are overcrowded and come from breeding facilities that are overcrowded. I can pretty much guarantee that they don't disinfect their cages with ammonia and air drying. It's even likely that they don't know that any of their geckos have crypto (of course I have no way either of knowing that any of their geckos have crypto, but you may be able to find out --see below). It wouldn't surprise me if they are inadvertently selling infected geckos widely.
    The reason I'm telling you all this is because you need to know whether your gecko has crypto in order to know how to proceed. As I mentioned above, it's very unlikely that this gecko will survive for very long. You could bring it to the vet to have it tested. If it does have crypto, and you ever want to get another gecko, you will need to do the following:
    a. either throw out everything that your gecko has ever used, or get rid of all the porous stuff and soak the other stuff (including the enclosure but not whatever is on the bottom of the cage) in ammonia and let it air dry.
    b. don't get another gecko from Petco. Check out a reptile show or a reputable breeder. Have the gecko tested for crypto when you get it.
    I know this is all a pain in the neck, but when you factor in that a truly healthy gecko can give you 20 years or more of pleasure (my oldest gecko --infected with crypto as he is-- is 15).
    I'm sorry to be telling you this, and, as I mentioned above, crypto is not certain, but it's a high likelihood and I urge you to take the steps I've outlined.

    Aliza
    Yeah my 3 and a half year old female is looking the same. She seemed fine a week ago. However I just got back from an out of town conference and she looks thin, lethargic and doesn't open her eyes fully. I have a 5pm appointment with a vet. I worry that she has the crypto disease as well. She has a black spot under her belly. I have another female gecko with her that appears healthy. Should i go ahead and bring both to the vet?
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    I would say likely a good idea to bring both.

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