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    Hello everyone,
    Luke my leopard gecko is having some issues with his shedding on his toes. I put him in warm shallow water and i tried the cotton swab thing but didn't really work so i had to be very careful with him which he let me do but i have a feeling that I may have hurt him as part of the shed looks like blood? Just want to make sure he will be ok.
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    Some geckos have problems shedding their toes no matter what. I either soak them or spray the toes. Then I hold them securely (sometimes I put the edge of my shirt over their heads) and use my fingernails to pull off the shed. On occasion, there's a little bit of bleeding which is unavoidable. When I say bleeding, I don't mean gushing, just a trace of blood. It's not a problem and is better than having shed build up there.

    Aliza

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    Thank you so much for getting back to me. I was really worried I hurt him. Here's some more photos:
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    btw, i have this for him as a shedding cave: Exo Terra : Gecko Cave / Terrestrial Gecko Hide
    i put some wet paper towels in there for him.

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    Hi Reptilelady ~

    Here are additional tips for removing stuck toe shed including an AWESOME clay hide!

    1. Soft Bristled Toothbrush Assist
    Always give your gecko a head start with a humidity box/sauna. This even works on geckos with much smaller toes than leos. First place your gecko in a humidity box/chamber for an hour or so. Then place that leo on a firm surface like a counter top. Apply gentle pressure on the leo's toes with a soft bristled toothbrush. Gently sweep the toothbrush away from the toes.

    2. Proactive Method
    Here's a proactive approach that looks quite promising. This cave will keep humidity higher 24/7. Since the humidification cave is made from clay, colors vary some. I would use this cave + an 8 ounce water dish for a leo.
    Click: https://www.amazon.com/OMEM-Reptiles.../dp/B01M1NTI44

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    Sizes:
    Small: 3.54'' x 2.76'' x 2.36''
    Medium: 4.72'' x 3.35'' x 2.95''
    Large: 5.9'' x 4.72'' x 3.74''

    3. Ongoing Multivitamin Method
    Troubleshoot both your leo's multivitamins and your insect/worm dry diets for vitamin A acetate (retinol).
    IF especially your gecko's multivitamn does NOT contain vitamin A acetate (retinol), experiment with a multivitamin that does. Both Repashy's Calcium Plus multivitamins and Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins with and withOUT D3 contain vitamin A acetate. A diet lacking vitamin A acetate is believed to be responsible for shedding difficulties and skin issues. Consistent ambient humidity ranging from 40-60% counts buckets too.
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    Sometimes even the humid hide isn't enough to get toe shed off.

    Aliza

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