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    Hello, I recently got a leopard gecko from someone online (bad idea) and with further inspection I realized he had some stuck shed on his toes. I tried to remove some gently and it worked on some toes, but there is still a lot stuck and I donít want to hurt him. He also seems a bit scared so I canít hold him still much. Another concern I have is that he only eats 2-3 worms when I offer. Is this normal? Any advice would be much appreciated!

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    You can try a sauna. Put him in a small enclosure with enough warm (NOT HOT) water to cover his toes. Leave him there for 10-15 minutes (supervised, of course). That should loosen up the stuck shed. Depending on how bad it is, you might need to do it a couple of times.

    Appetite is probably fine, some are big eaters, some won't take any food for a couple of days at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    You can try a sauna. Put him in a small enclosure with enough warm (NOT HOT) water to cover his toes. Leave him there for 10-15 minutes (supervised, of course). That should loosen up the stuck shed. Depending on how bad it is, you might need to do it a couple of times.

    Appetite is probably fine, some are big eaters, some won't take any food for a couple of days at a time.
    In addition to GeckoLeen's suggestions, make certain this container IS ventilated.

    Place the sauna container (like Geckoleen describes) over a heat source like your leo's heat mat or nearby a low wattage light bulb (15 watt or 25 watt). The heat will help increase the humidity.

    After 1 hour or more, see whether some of the toe shed has loosened.

    Gently use tweezers starting at the base of the V formed by spread toes like when you make the peace sign. Go upwards. Gentle twisting pressure with a soft-bristled toothbrush and/or a q-tip (dry and wet) may also be effective. Don't try too hard. Do what you can. Then place leo back in the sauna box for a few more hours. Repeat.
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    He is fairly new and isnít used to handling, should I do this as soon as possible or wait for him to settle in more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylmb View Post
    He is fairly new and isn’t used to handling, should I do this as soon as possible or wait for him to settle in more?
    Do this right away! The longer you wait the greater the chances are that stuck shed will/continues to restrict circulation. When circulation is restricted the affected part dies.

    Any waiting increases the chances that your leo will lose some toes.
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    Hi Cheryl ~

    Is this leo your first? About how long is he?

    Do you have a second person to hold your leo after his sauna(s)? Another suggestion is to gently, but firmly, press him against a solid surface like a counter top while you work on his toes.

    • What size enclosure does he have?
    • Are you maintaining these temps?

    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).

    Place the thermostat's probe and a digital thermometer's probe together right on top of the substrate underneath the warm dry hide. If you use a UTH + a CHE you'll need 2 separate thermostats, because ground and air temperatures are substantially different.
    • Warm end ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) inside a leo's warm dry hide and his moist hide too!
    • 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 (10 cm) above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) 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).
    Here's a link to a short leo care sheet I made especially for newbies. Link 81 includes a video: Leopard Gecko Care Sheet (abbreviated) -- January 2020 update (show handout)
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    Yes he is my first Leo. He is around 5 to 6 inches atm and his previous owner told me he is about 1 year old but considering how she kept him, I don’t know if that’s true. I placed him in the water and I finally got it all off after about 2 hours. I’m currently keeping him in a 20 gallon tank and his hot hide is around 91į.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylmb View Post
    Yes he is my first Leo. He is around 5 to 6 inches atm and his previous owner told me he is about 1 year old but considering how she kept him, I don’t know if that’s true. I placed him in the water and I finally got it all off after about 2 hours. I’m currently keeping him in a 20 gallon tank and his hot hide is around 91į.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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