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    Default HELP! Gecko seems to be extremely sick


    Over the last couple of weeks, I've noticed that my gecko hasn't been eating her mealworms that she usually eats up instantly. When I noticed she wasn't eating, I've noticed that her eyes were shut and she kept them shut when walking around, and panics a lot. Recently she started shedding, and won't even pull her old skins off she just walks around with it.

    What should I do to help her? Vets in my area are not taking any walk ins right now because of COVID-19.

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    Hello ~

    Please share a photo of her enclosure.

    Can you help her shed? Be especially careful around the eyes! Let her eye shed come off naturally.

    Leos often tire of only 1 feeder. She may need a different feeder to spark her interest.

    Does your leo have a warm humid hide that you keep moist? Leos often use that hide for periodic shedding assistance. Many leos eat their sheds, so that will fill her belly. AFTER she sheds see whether her appetite bounces back. If not can you get a 4-pack of hornworms from a petstore like PetCo to jump start her appetite. PetCos & PetSmarts remain open.

    Hornworm Tips:
    When kept by the following method, it's easy to keep hornworms alive (and of edible size for many leopard geckos) for 4+ weeks. Make sure the company includes enough food. Keep extra food in the cooler with the hornworms, NOT in the refrigerator. IF you keep hornworm food in the refrigerator, the food will get too hard for hornworms to eat.

    • Hornworms grow rapidly when kept at normal room temperatures!
    • When hornworms nearly reach a good size for feeding, transfer them (in container) to a picnic cooler or wine cooler to lessen rapid growth.
    • I keep hornworms in a "medium" Playmate Igloo cooler. That cooler has dimensions: 12.25 x 7.5 x 14 inches tall for the base and height.
    • Add 1 solid ice pack replaced 2x daily . . . . . . every 12 hours.
    • Keep the temperature inside the cooler ~55*F (12.8*C).
    • Turn the hornworm container upside down so that their food is on the top and the lid is the new "base".
    • Elevate the hornworm container off the ground with egg flats or a couple pencils to give your hornworms AIR.
    • Don't let the hornworm container touch the ice pack.
    • Empty hornworm poop once a day.
    • Serve the hornworms plain at first. Then try lightly dusting them with pure precipitated calcium carbonate (withOUT vitamin D3) to further balance their calcium-to-phosphorus ratio.
    • Should a hornworm get mangled, clean up its green juice right away. The green "juice" is difficult to remove when dry.

    For link 33 click: Hornworm Care Guidelines
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-29-2020 at 09:35 PM.
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